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Starting CPAP Therapy

Starting CPAP Therapy

Your First Nights on CPAP - FAQs

Congratulations on starting CPAP therapy! We’ve got your back all the way and will do whatever is necessary to help you transition successfully to CPAP therapy for the long term. Your first nights can feel awkward, but not to worry, your body will naturally adjust and you will soon start to feel the many benefits of a healthier sleep and more energy during the day.

The most important aspect of your CPAP therapy is committing to using your CPAP machine EVERY TIME you sleep.

I’m waking up more often at night

This is normal while getting used to CPAP therapy. Your body is adjusting to the airflow necessary to keep your breathing normal throughout the night. Don’t worry, form the habit of taking slow deep breaths on the device and focusing on your breathing. “Wake-Ups’ will become less and less frequent over time.

How long will it take for me to notice more energy on CPAP?

We monitor your progress remotely, ensuring your therapy is effective. Everyone’s body adjusts differently to CPAP therapy, so stick with it and know that regardless of how you are feeling, it’s providing you a healthier sleep that in time will improve your energy as well.

If your Obstructive sleep apnea is not successfully treated you're at greater risk for the following diseases:

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The mask seems to be leaking air

This is common. The first step is to pull it off of your face, and then reseat it on your face. If the leak continues, make small adjustments. Try to resist tightening your mask too much, as this might worsen the leak.

The mask came off in the middle of the night. Is this normal?

It is normal to find your mask on the floor with no recollection of taking it off! Over time, your body will naturally adjust to CPAP therapy and removing the mask during your sleep will decrease considerably. Just place the mask back on and go back to sleep!

Can I see and keep track of my own progress?

Absolutely! For a Resmed Airsense CPAP download the free MYAIR app and for a Philips Respironics Dreamstation CPAP download the free DREAMMAPPER app for more information on your progress. We can also send you a link to sign up for these free apps. Please call us with any questions, we are happy to help.

Should I clean the mask and CPAP?

Wipe the mask each morning with a damp cloth to remove excess oils that may accumulate overnight. Or better yet, a CPAP wipe**turn this into a link to our wipes for sale** will effectively clean off excess oils from the mask. You can wash the hosing and water chamber in warm soapy water, then let them air dry for 12 hours before using.The hose and water chamber only needs cleaning once a week. The LUMIN is a simple 5 Minute way to keep your Sleep Gear clean and healthy.

what is sleep apnea v2I struggle at times getting used to breathing on the machine

Practice breathing on the device before you go to bed. Try watching TV or reading a book while wearing it to help you adjust to the feeling.

I feel like there could be too much air or I am not able to get enough air

Please call or text us. We can make adjustments to your therapy and ensure you are as comfortable as possible while adjusting to CPAP.

I feel like it is sometimes hard to breathe out. Is this normal?

The resistance you’re breathing against helps keep your airway open. You’ll get used to this feeling with time and practice, and won’t even notice it after a while.

My mouth feels a bit dry in the morning when I wake up

First, ensure your mask is fitting well, as this can be a common cause of dryness. Your CPAP machine allows you to adjust the humidity level if the issue persists and your mask is fitting well. Call or text  us and we will provide guidance on how to adjust this setting. 

Do I have to use distilled water with the CPAP?

The water in the humidifier prevents your throat from drying out while on CPAP therapy. Distilled water doesn’t have impurities or minerals that build up on the bottom of the humidifier, and is also safer to breathe in. 

There is water in my tubing and it makes a gurgling sound

Water may accumulate in the tubing if the humidity is set too high, or your tube temperature is too low. We are able to adjust the humidity on your device, reach out to your Dream Team for support.

sleep apnea symptoms v2The Benefits of Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is more important than you think. We’ve all been around someone who is either groggy or irritable in the morning when they don’t get enough rest, but the benefits of sleep go well beyond mood. It can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Research by the Harvard Medical School has proven that sleep is just as important for your overall health as eating, drinking and breathing. Proper rest promotes physical health, longevity and emotional stability.

If you’ve ever woken up after a great night’s sleep feeling refreshed and clear-minded, you’ll know this to be true. On the other hand, if sleep apnea or snoring is preventing you from getting quality rest, it might be time to speak to one of our sleep clinicians.

What is Sleep Hygiene?

When you think of hygiene, you probably think of routine activities like brushing your teeth, or washing your hands before meals. In fact, the term hygiene relates to any practice that helps maintain health and prevent disease. It just so happens that sleep does both, and there are sleep clinic studies that prove it!

So, while sleep hygiene has nothing to do with cleanliness, it can certainly improve your quality of life. The concept focuses on anything specifically related to your sleep habits, including:

  • Your activities before going to bed
  • Your bedtime routine
  • What time you go to bed
  • Your sleep environment
  • What time you wake up
  • Diet and exercise

All of these factors play a role in the quality of sleep you experience, which can be further affected by conditions like snoring and sleep apnea. The more you can improve upon your sleep hygiene, the better slumber you’ll enjoy

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