As we’ve mentioned before, it can take a long time to get accustomed to CPAP therapy. Between ill-fitting masks, feeling a little claustrophobic, getting used to the feeling of airflow and pressure, it can be about a month before s falling asleep regularly with little to no issues while wearing a CPAP mask is achievable.
Let us assure you, this is all very normal.
If you’re new to CPAP therapy, try wearing just your Sleep Apnea 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.
Getting used to CPAP therapy is different for everyone. Some people take to it a lot quicker than others. But, there are many tips and tricks that you can try to help you feel more comfortable when going to sleep at night.
One trick that is often recommended is using a ramp setting (if your CPAP machine has the option). This setting helps to gradually increase the air pressure from your CPAP machine through your mask as you fall asleep. Oftentimes, this can be the most uncomfortable aspect of getting used to wearing a Sleep Apnea mask - the airway pressure. If it is this that is causing you to struggle to fall asleep, using a ramp setting can be extremely beneficial.
Simple things like practicing good sleep habits are also likely to help you. Many people don’t realize the importance of having a good wind-down routine in the evenings and sleeping in a bedroom environment that is optimal for a restful night of sleep.
Below, we list some of our favourite ways to improve our sleeping habits so that we can fall asleep easily at night while wearing our CPAP mask:
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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