Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines also known as CPAP machines are used to help treat obstructive sleep apnea. The machine provides a continuous and stable air pressure. It includes a mask, a hose and a nose piece.
There are some common problems that people using these machines may face. These are:
1. Getting used to wearing the device
It may be quite difficult to get used to wearing the mask. Wearing the mask during the day while you’re awake will help you get accustomed to how it feels using the device. You can wear it while watching TV. Do this consistently to ensure that you are comfortable with the pressure settings.
2. Dry, stuffy nose
Some people experience this. It helps to use a machine with a heated humidifier attached to the air pressure device. The humidification level is adjustable. You can also use a nasal saline spray. If these do not help, your doctor may prescribe an appropriate nasal steroid spray. Also ensure that your mask fits well.
3. Pressure sores, leaky mask and skin irritation
A leaky or unfitting mask deprives you of the full air pressure you require and irritates your skin and eyes. Adjust your mask to the appropriate fit to reduce these problems.
4. Dry Mouth
Some of these devices may worsen dry mouth for patients who sleep with their mouths open. A chin strap or a device with a full-mask may assist in keeping the mouth closed. This helps reduce air leakage. You can also use a machine with a humidifier attached to the air pressure machine.
5. Noise Might Be Annoying
Most of these devices nowadays are almost silent. If your machine has a noise, have it checked to ensure that it is working properly.
6. Mask might slip off your face during the night
If you move a lot in your sleep, you might wake up and find yourself not wearing the mask. Go for a full face mask and a good fit to avoid this. chin straps for cpap
7. Difficulty falling asleep
This happens especially during the first days of using the machine. To avoid this, try using the mask during the day so as to get accustomed to the feeling. Ensure that you also practice good sleeping habits like regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and caffeine and relaxing by taking a warm bath before bedtime.
8. Feeling claustrophobic
To reduce this feeling, you can first try holding only the mask up to your face. Do not use the other parts at this point. If you are comfortable, incorporate the straps.
Then, try hold the mask and hose to your face minus the straps. Attach the hose to your device with the setting at the lowest air pressure. You can use the ramp feature at this point. You can then wear the mask with the straps. Have the pressure turned on.