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While a CPAP machine can provide incredible benefits for those suffering from sleep apnea, they can be intimidating for first-time users. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your CPAP machine with these five helpful practices.

Ensure Proper Mask Fit

Work with your CPAP equipment provider to find the correct mask that suits your needs. Most masks come in different sizes, and just because you’re a certain size in one mask doesn’t mean you’ll be the same size in a different mask. Everyone has different needs and face shapes—the biggest key to success is finding the right mask for you.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Inconsistently using the CPAP device may delay getting used to it. Stick with it for several weeks to see if the mask and pressure settings you have will work for you. It may help to start by practicing for short periods while you’re awake—while watching TV, reading, or listening to music. Once you become accustomed to how it feels, shift to using the CPAP device every time you sleep—at night and during naps. Adjust the headgear to fix any leaks, and move around to get used to the mask in your preferred sleeping position.

Prevent Dryness

Nasal congestion can be a problem with CPAP treatment. Most CPAP machines have heated humidifiers that can be used in conjunction with the CPAP device. Heated humidity ensures that you are breathing warm, moist air through your mask. Heated humidifiers allow a selection of temperatures, so you can tailor the air temperature to your liking.

Review Your Pressure

Most CPAP devices can store information about how the therapy is working for you. Have your CPAP equipment provider look at this data to ensure that the therapy pressures are where they need to be and that the equipment and supplies are working optimally. If you are having difficulty tolerating the therapy, it’s important to follow up with your sleep physician.

Maintain Your Supplies

Disposables such as the mask, headgear, tubing, cushions, filters, and water chamber will need to be replaced regularly to maintain optimal therapy and ensure that the CPAP device will last for years to come. It’s also important to remember to clean/disinfect the mask, tubing, and water chamber at least once a week.

Have additional questions?

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