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Maximizing Your CPAP Experience: 7 Tips for Living Comfortably

Adjusting to CPAP therapy can be tough. Many people with sleep apnea find the CPAP mask uncomfortable and may struggle to find a comfortable sleep position. But don't worry, you're not alone. The good news is that there are plenty of tips and tricks to help make the adjustment process easier so you can start getting quality sleep every night.

Person putting on a cpap mask

 

Tip 1: Practice makes perfect

Wearing a CPAP mask for the first time may feel weird, but the more you get used to wearing it, the sooner you'll have sweet dreams. Try wearing it as much as possible before bedtime, even if it's just for an hour or so while watching TV.

 

Tip 2: Use your CPAP mask every time you sleep

Using your CPAP mask every night, and for naps if you're a frequent napper, is crucial for adjusting to your new sleep apnea therapy. Make it part of your routine, like brushing your teeth before bed.

Person wearing a cpap mask while sleeping in bed

 

Tip 3: Make small adjustments to your CPAP mask nightly

Your mask may need adjustments every night for optimal comfort. Loosen it up if you wake up with red marks on your face, or tighten it up if it falls off your face in the middle of the night. When you're making adjustments, lie down and wear the device. Many masks inflate slightly with air when they are turned on, so this position can help ensure that your fit is correct.

 

Tip 4: Make sure your mask is fitted for YOU

Talk to your doctor or medical equipment provider about your sleep needs, such as if you're a side sleeper or breathe through your mouth, to ensure you get the right mask for you.

Person wearing a cpap mask sleeping on their side

 

Tip 5: Use AutoRamp™ on your CPAP machine

The AutoRamp setting allows you to adjust to air pressure while falling asleep, making it easier and more comfortable to get the full treatment while asleep.

 

Tip 6: Use a CPAP humidifier if your nose or throat is dry

CPAP treatment can make your nose and throat dry, so using a humidifier can help keep them moist and comfortable. Humidity is essential for success with CPAP, and while room humidifiers are good, CPAP machines now come with their own heated humidifier and heated tubing. By creating the perfect amount of humidity for your body, you can reduce irritation in your throat and mouth.

 

Tip 7: Wear gloves if you're having trouble keeping your mask on

Wearing gloves with poor grip or no grip can help prevent you from pulling off your mask in the middle of the night.

ResMed CPAP machine with the myAir App pictured

 

Bonus tip: get a sleep coach on your phone

The ResMed myAir™ app can help you track your sleep apnea therapy and provide personalized tips and tricks for a more comfortable experience.

Adjusting to CPAP therapy takes time and patience, but with these tips and tricks, you can make the process easier and start getting the quality sleep you deserve.

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Alan Brubaker | Apr 4th 2023 @ 10:39 AM

My mouth shuts so dry that is takes a minute or two to open up in the morning. Plus my wife says I still snore some. Am I getting enough air?

Doug Pope | Apr 4th 2023 @ 3:54 PM

Ever since I got my replacement CPAP, the auto ramp does not work. Can I bring it in to your Livonia office for service or can you fix it over the telephone line?

Carol Fiorini | Apr 4th 2023 @ 8:07 PM

I have a hard time on my side keeping the mask in place. Where to put hose, above your head or below by your waist.

Phil Barraco | May 2nd 2023 @ 9:25 AM

I have sinus issues and have to get up every night to clear my sinuses. I use a humidifier, take Zyrtec, Flonase and Azalystin, yet still have the problem. I've even tried immunotherapy, but had to stop because of allergic reactions. Any thoughts?

The Binson's Team | May 2nd 2023 @ 9:48 AM

Dear Phil, We understand your sinus issues while using your CPAP and appreciate your efforts in trying various approaches. We recommend consulting your healthcare provider for further guidance on potential treatments, such as heated tubing. It's essential to maintain clean CPAP equipment for sinus health. Our team is here to assist you with any equipment concerns. Please feel free to contact us at social@binsons.com or visit one of our stores. We hope you find relief soon and can enjoy a restful night's sleep. Best regards, The Binson's Team

The Binson's Team | May 2nd 2023 @ 9:57 AM

Dear Carol, Thank you for your comment. We understand the challenge of keeping your mask in place while sleeping on your side. There are two popular techniques to manage the CPAP tube: the tube-up and tube-down methods. The tube-down technique positions the tube along your body and under the covers, preventing it from pulling on the mask. The tube-up method involves securing the tube above your head, tucked behind the mattress or attached to a pillow. Both techniques aim to minimize interference and enhance comfort during sleep. Experiment with these methods to find the one that works best for you, ensuring a restful night and effective CPAP therapy for both you and your partner.

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