If you have sleep apnea, your doctor will probably recommend CPAP treatment. Using a CPAP machine can take getting used to, but the tips in this video will help with the adjustment.  

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for so many reasons. It improves your mental health, your physical wellbeing, and your mood. Without sleep, humans just don’t function very well.

But if you suffer from a sleeping disorder, you’ll know that getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done. Conditions like sleep apnea can make it super difficult to sleep, which is why sufferers often opt to use devices like the CPAP machine.

But using a CPCP machine can present problems of its own. If you’re not used to using one, it can seem awkward and cumbersome at first. The below tips will help to ensure you’re getting the most out of your CPAP machine.

1. It’s Normal If It’s Odd at First

As with anything else new and different, wearing a CPAP mask is likely going to feel a little odd. The good news – this is perfectly normal. Once you’ve practiced wearing it more and more, it will become second nature, and you’ll no longer feel it’s anything out of the ordinary.

2. Make Sure It Fits Well

If you’re having lots of trouble adjusting to your new CPAP machine, there’s a chance that it needs some adjusting of its own. You need to make sure that you’re wearing the right CPAP mask style for your needs, and that your mask is fitted well. If it’s too tight or too loose, it might feel uncomfortable (and not work as well) so adjust accordingly.

3. Get Yourself Acquainted

A CPAP machine can seem intimidating at first. There are so many different parts, and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. To make it a little less daunting, we recommend you get yourself acquainted with all the different CPAP machine parts, so you know what you’re dealing with.

4. Maintenance Is Key

Speaking of getting acquainted with your machine, did you know that there are certain things you’ll need to do to keep it running smoothly? Maintaining your CPAP in the proper manner is crucial so that it works well and keeps you safe and healthy. This includes things like changing filters—which should become part of your regular routine.

5. Pulling Your Mask Off at Night?

Wearing a CPAP mask is a new experience and something your body won’t be used to. Because of this, it’s common for a sleep apnea patient to pull their masks off in their sleep. Some people apply a chinstrap to help keep the CPAP mask on. One weird tip some CPAP newbies swear by: if you wear mittens when you go to bed, they’ll prevent you from pulling your mask off.

Using a CPAP Machine 101

A CPAP machine can be a godsend for someone suffering from a condition such as sleep apnea. But this doesn’t mean it’s going to be comfortable to use right away.

Take your time, follow the above tips, and before long you’ll be using a CPAP machine like a pro. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch now.

How We Can Help

At Sleep Dynamics, our sleep medicine specialists in New Jersey can diagnose your sleep disorder and find a treatment plan that works for you. To schedule an appointment, please call us today at (848) 217-0240.