A CPAP machine can treat your sleep apnea and make it easier for you to breathe while you sleep. However, the adjustment to suddenly having to sleep with a silicone mask all night can be a bit difficult. You can take the following steps to help with your adjustment to living with a CPAP machine.
It may feel weird for you to use a CPAP machine the first few times that you do it. However, the more times you use it, the easier it will be for you to get adjusted to wearing it. Practicing putting on your mask and taking it off. You should also wear it for a few minutes before you decide to go to sleep.
Make Sure That The Mask Is the Right Size
There are different types of CPAP masks available, ranging from ones that cover your mouth and nose to ones that only cover your nose. Whichever mask you choose, it is important for you to make sure that the mask is the correct size for your head and face. If you have trouble with the mask after a few days of getting it, then you need to get another one.
Use a CPAP Humidifier
Many people find that their CPAP machine dries out their nose and mouth from the air blowing in their face all night. That is why a CPAP humidifier is one of the more important CPAP accessories that you should have. A CPAP humidifier is different from a regular humidifier as it has its own heating tube. It provides your body with the right amount of humidity so that your nose and throat will not be as dry when you wake up in the morning.
Talk to a Sleep Coach
A sleep coach can help you adjust to living with a CPAP machine. They can give you tips and tricks that will make it easier for you to manage your CPAP machine. If you don’t want to speak to a person, there are also apps that you can use that can help you with your machine.
Wear Gloves At Night
Many people find that they unintentionally pull their masks at night. One of the things that you can do to stop this from happening is to wear gloves to bed. The type of gloves that you wear does not matter, as long as they can provide a good grip, they will work.
It isn’t easy to adjust to living with a CPAP machine. However, you can make this easier by practicing putting on and taking off your mask. You should also make sure that your mask is the right size. A CPAP humidifier is something else that you can use to prevent dry mouth and nose. Additionally, you can wear gloves at night and talk to a sleep coach.