If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP treatment could be life-saving. However, there is usually a period of adjustment when you begin wearing a CPAP at night. But once you adapt to your face or nasal mask, you will sleep better and feel more refreshed.  

Watch the video below for advice on adapting to CPAP therapy treatment.

Tips for Adapting to CPAP

  • Make sure your mask fits correctly. Everyone has different face shapes, so the right style and size mask for someone else may not work for you. The right fix will also make it as comfortable as possible.
  • Try wearing the mask for brief periods of time during the day so you get accustomed to having it on. Once you get used to how that feels, start using the CPAP device every time you sleep — including naps.
  • If you’re feeling claustrophobic, ask your sleep specialist about behavioral techniques.Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation, may help reduce anxiety related to CPAP use.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene habits. Exercise regularly and avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. Don’t go to bed until you’re tired. The more ready to sleep you are, the more likely you won’t notice your CPAP.

If you experience any issues, talk to your doctor or sleep specialist rather than giving up on treatment. A positive attitude and support can make all the difference!

At Sleep Dynamics, we help patients get answers—and solutions—for their sleep disorders. If you are struggling with sleep apnea in Central New Jersey, make an appointment with us for a diagnosis and treatment by calling (848) 217-0240.