The most common treatment for Sleep Apnea is using a CPAP Machine. In many cases individuals who use a CPAP machine can't get used to using it while they sleep. They find it to be irritable, uncomfortable, and a nuisance. If you have experienced these types of frustrations you are not alone. In fact, about half of people who use a CPAP machine struggle while getting used to it. Here are three of the most common frustrations with CPAP treatment:
"Wearing the mask makes me feel claustrophobic"
That is understandable. The mask is close to your face. In some cases, it fits over your mouth and nose. Having a mask over your face, blowing a steady stream of pressurized air makes it really tough to sleep. If you experience claustrophobia while wearing your mask you may want to try a a lighter mask. There are many options for comfort.
"I can't get used to the air pressure"
We have gone our entire life regulating our own breathing. Getting used to having a machine do it for you is understandably difficult. Make sure to bring these concerns up to your doctor. In many cases they can adjust the settings to make the air pressure more comfortable. Also, most CPAP machines have sensors that help regulate the breathing process. It just takes time and practice.
"It makes me have a dry or stuffy nose"
Most CPAP machines have built in humidifiers that help with the dryness. You can also adjust the settings on your CPAP machine to adjust the humidity. You can also put a little petroleum jelly on the outside of your nostrils. This will help with the dryness. It will also help seal the mask depending on the type of mask you wear.
If your CPAP machine is not working out, you do have options. You may want to consider an oral appliance or positional sleep therapy. The most important thing is that you get the sleep that you need and your body is able to rest. You don’t want to experience the long term health risks associated with sleep apnea.
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