As I’ve mentioned here before, it took me a long time to get accustomed to my CPAP therapy. Between ill-fitting masks, feeling a little claustrophobic, getting used to the feeling of airflow and pressure, it was about a month before I was falling asleep regularly with my CPAP mask.
Let me assure you, this is all very normal.
If you’re new to CPAP therapy, try wearing just the CPAP mask around the house – without the machine attached. Do it during the day, while watching TV or reading (if your mask allows for that). Just get used to the feel of it.
An OSA patient (and our newest CPAPal) who emailed us at CPAPmachines.ca likened it to getting used to Invisalign orthodontic treatment. For those who don’t know, Invisalign is basically a series of plastic trays you wear that, over time, straightens your teeth. The more you wear ‘em each day, the quicker your teeth become straight. Similarly, the more you wear your CPAP mask, the quicker you become accustomed to how it feels.
Other tricks, like using a ramp setting (if you CPAP machines has it) to gradually increase the air pressure as you fall asleep can help too.
But simple things like practicing good sleep habits are most likely to help you the most:
One more thing: Be patient. Babies don’t learn to sleep on command. Kids have a hard time at bedtime. There’s no reason why you should expect to fall asleep right away wearing your new CPAP mask. It may take a few days or longer, but rest assured, it’ll happen.
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