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trouble using my CPAP machine

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  • Posted By: fizmath
  • August 29, 2009
  • 02:46 AM

Basically, I take the mask off in the middle of the night when I am semi-conscious. Then I sleep without it and can tell in the morning that I did not breathe properly while sleeping.

Any tricks to stop doing this?

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  • Basically, I take the mask off in the middle of the night when I am semi-conscious. Then I sleep without it and can tell in the morning that I did not breathe properly while sleeping. Any tricks to stop doing this?As Follows:Adjusting to the CPAP machine in the first month can be difficult. Proper use of the CPAP machine can go a long way to eliminating uncomfortable side effect. The Sleep Foundation reports that most problems with CPAP are mask related. Often CPAP masks are too tight or loose. If the CPAP mask is too tight, you will feel uncomfortable. If the mask is too loose, continuous pressure isn't being applied and the treatment is not working. For the proper fitting of the mask, adjust the headstrap and pads until they fit snugly, but not uncomfortably. You may also have to buy a smaller or larger CPAP mask if the adjustments aren't enough. Another mask-related problem is that you might feeling claustrophobic wearing the CPAP mask. Both Metrohealth and the Sleep Foundation recommends that the wearing the CPAP mask while doing a task that requires attention, such as reading or watching TV, for short periods of time. By wearing the CPAP mask for short periods of time, patients get accustomed to wearing the mask.Probably the second-most common side effect of CPAP treatment is the dry or congested nasal passages. There are several solutions to this problem. One solution is to use a CPAP machine that has a heated humidifier. The heated humidifier, with the help of the CPAP machine, blows wet, warm air through the nasal passages, which helps keep them moist and comfortable. Another solution offered by Metrohealth is to purchase a saline nasal solution, which is essentially a mixture of salt and water. Saline nasal solution can be purchased for a low price at a local drug store. A final option would be to use a nasal decongestant, although you will want to consult with a physician before taking a decongestant for an extended period of time.The third most common problem with CPAP machines is adjusting to the continuous pressure. The Hopedale Medical Complex recommends using the CPAP's machine "ramp" setting. The "ramp" setting allows users start out with very little pressure with the machine gradually increasing it until the optimal pressure level is achieved. Consult with your physician about what ramp setting is right for you. The method of adjusting the ramp setting varies between CPAP machines; consult the owner's manual or manufacturer for more information.There are a few other things you can do to avoid CPAP problems. The most important thing is to clean the tubing, headgear and mask regularly. Bacteria grows in the tubing over time, especially when used with a heated humidifier, which can cause respiratory problems. Unclean headgear and masks can also accumulate bacteria and cause infections. Another important tip is to stay consistant and committed to the CPAP treatment. If you don't stay consistant with treatment, it will be more difficult to continue because you have not gotten accustomed to mask and continuous pressure. Finally, if you still have trouble, consult your physician and get help from CPAP support forums, such as Apneasupport.org or CPAP Talk.
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    • September 22, 2009
    • 08:53 PM
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