People who have chronic snoring problems or sleep apnea are often advised to sleep using CPAP. CPAP is a breathing apparatus in the form of a machine that gives air pressure through a mask that is placed on the nose and / or mouth during sleep. This tool aims to help encourage air to continue to enter and open your airway.
CPAP installation often makes sleeping soundly because the mask makes you not free to choose your favorite sleeping position. Coupled with the noise that is generated so that worry about getting more disturbed sleep. So, how do you sleep well even if you have to use CPAP? Check out the full review below.
How to sleep using CPAP to make it more restful
1. Choose a mask that suits your needs and comfort
The CPAP mask itself consists of three types, including:
- Nasal mask (a mask worn on the nose, like an oxygen hose)
- Oral mask (mask used in the mouth)
- Combination masks (masks covering the nose and mouth, such as fighter pilot masks)
According to Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, a medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the University of Arizona, patients tend to feel uncomfortable when using CPAP for the first time. This is very natural as an effect of adaptation to something completely new.
Because it must be used continuously during sleep aka it may not be detached, the type of mask you use must be adjusted to your needs and the severity of your condition. Before deciding which one, you may try several different types of masks before finding what you like.
After several uses, over time you will feel comfortable and accustomed. Next, the doctor will help determine whether the CPAP tool works according to your needs.
2. Don’t worry about CPAP engine noise
You don’t need to worry about not being able to sleep using CPAP for fear of being noisy. Now there are CPAP machines that are smaller and quieter, even almost without sound. That is, you can sleep better without worrying about being disturbed by engine noise.
3. Adjust the air pressure on the engine
If you want to sleep using CPAP better, adjust the air pressure on your machine. This air pressure is what you will breathe during sleep.
Each CPAP engine has different air pressure settings. Adjust the air pressure according to your needs. If the pressure is too high, try using the ‘ramp’ mode on the CPAP machine. This mode will help you adjust to engine air pressure, starting from low pressure and gradually increasing. Ask your doctor for help to provide air pressure that is appropriate and most helpful for your sleep.
However, the air pressure from the CPAP machine often makes the patient’s nose and mouth dry. Overcome this by using a humidifier or air humidifier on the machine to create warmer air through a CPAP mask.
4. Recognize the possibility of other respiratory disorders
If you still feel difficulty breathing even though you already use CPAP, you may experience other respiratory disorders, for example sinus, allergies, or other causes. This problem can be overcome with a number of treatments according to the type of disorder, either through consumption of drugs, allergic care, or surgery. Immediately consult a doctor to get the right treatment. If treated immediately, you will find it easier to get a good night’s sleep.
5. Make CPAP your sleep routine
Maybe you still need time to feel comfortable when using CPAP. Be aware of this by using CPAP during the day, for example when watching TV or reading. This will help you get used to wearing a CPAP mask, especially when trying to sleep. The more you use CPAP, the easier it will be for you to adjust it as a therapy and feel the benefits.
Good night using CPAP!