Solutions to CPAP Common Questions

By | August 30, 2016

What Are Some of the Common CPAP Questions?

The following table contains a list of some of the common CPAP questions or problems related to CPAP machines or accessories and the solutions available:

When should I start feeling better after starting my CPAP treatment? Most people start feeling better within a month, although some people may take a little longer
I have facial hair. Which mask is best to use? You will want to ask your sleep specialist which mask will work best for you
What if I still snore while using a CPAP machine? Snoring while on a CPAP machine should not happen. If it does, contact your sleep specialist as the pressure level on your CPAP machine may need to be adjusted
What if I lose or gain weight or my old symptoms reappear? Contact your sleep specialist or doctor as the pressure level on your CPAP machine may need to be adjusted
Will my medications need to be adjusted once I’ve been using my CPAP machine on a regular basis? You should contact your doctor regarding this
If I need to be hospitalized, should I take my CPAP machine with me and use it at night? Yes! Also, if you are having surgery, you should tell the surgeon and the anesthetist that you use a CPAP machine. You should also tell your doctor that you are going to the hospital
Should I take my CPAP machine with me when I travel? It is important that you use your CPAP machine every night. You can purchase travel accessories that will make it more convenient to travel with your CPAP machine
My skin seems bruised or irritated. Sometimes I have marks on my face Your mask may be too tight. You may want to adjust it or have the sleep specialist adjust it for you. It is also possible that you have the wrong mask size. Again, your sleep specialist can determine if you have the right mask. A nasal mask or full face mask may provide a better fit
How can I tell when my mask is worn out? Since masks are disposable, periodic replacement is needed when the mask shows signs of wear and tear, such as stiffness, cracks or tears
My mask seems to be leaking. It is normal for a mask to leak near the connection of the tubing. If the mask is leaking around your eyes or mouth then you may need to readjust the headgear straps. If that doesn’t work, check the connections or, if necessary, you may need to try another mask or type
My mask seems to be dirty. You should wash your mask daily. You should also wash your face before you go to bed at night before putting on the mask. You should also avoid putting on skin lotions before putting on your mask
It doesn’t seem like there is enough air flowing in the mask to me. Check that air is flowing from the CPAP machine. Also check the air inlet and filter for any obstructions or dust buildup. You should also check the hose for any punctures. You can also contact your sleep specialist for assistance
My nose and throat are dry, or sometimes my nose is congested, or I have nosebleeds. You may need to change the temperature setting on the humidifier if you use a heated humidifier on your CPAP machine. This condition may improve over time but if it doesn’t you should contact your sleep specialist for assistance
My mouth is dry. You may be sleeping with your mouth open. If that is the case, try using a chin strap. If that doesn’t work you may want to use a full-face CPAP mask
My eyes are sore, irritated or swollen. Your CPAP mask may be leaking into your eyes. Try pulling the mask away from your face and reposition it. The mask may also be too tight. If so, try adjusting the headgear straps
I have trouble falling asleep on my CPAP therapy or I feel uncomfortable when I first apply the air pressure at night. Ask your sleep specialist if there is a RAMP feature on your CPAP machine. If so, get them to adjust your CPAP machine so that the air pressure slowly rises to your prescribed setting
I feel gassy and bloated when I wake up in the morning. You should try sleeping with your head elevated. You can also try a chin strap to prevent you from mouth breathing
I can’t seem to adjust to using a CPAP machine. The majority of people adjust to CPAP treatment in two to four weeks. It may take a little longer due to changing your behavior and becoming comfortable with the CPAP machine. You may also want to ask your sleep specialist if you are eligible to try a BPAP or auto CPAP device as these devices may be more suitable to you

If you have any other questions, please let me know and I will see if I can find the answer for you.

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6 thoughts on “Solutions to CPAP Common Questions

  1. Holly

    I struggled to find a lot of these questions and answers online. My boyfriend and I have been debating for a while now whether or not he should get one and I think he should. He is being very stubborn in arguing that he doesn’t need such stuff but I am convinced he does – I am going out of my mind with his noise every night. Your informative website has given me a very strong case for proving all my points. Thank you so much! I am sending these links to him right now 🙂

    1. Shawn Post author

      Hi Holly,
      Thank you for your comments! I was exactly the same way with my wife. She said I snored like crazy and I would say “no I don’t, because I don’t hear myself!”. Well, it got to the point that I was waking myself up because I could hear myself snore. I ended up sleeping in another bedroom so that my wife could get a good night’s sleep. When I finally got tested at the sleep clinic, it was confirmed that I had severe obstructive sleep apnea. Now that I wear a CPAP mask to bed, my snoring has stopped and I feel rested when I wake up in the morning. I also don’t have anymore episodes of acid reflux.
      I hope your boyfriend finds the information on my site useful and if he does have any of the symptoms, then he should consider getting tested, for both your sakes! I appreciate you sending him the link to my website.
      Good luck!

  2. gloriaplewis

    I am so happy I found this page. I suffered from sleepapnea and my snoring is out of control
    I tried a lot of different over the counter products, but they never work.
    This post is so informative and complete… it is awesome.
    I actually when trough not jjust this post but some other ones as well.
    Extremely informative. I really didn’t know that “snoring” can lead to serious health issues.
    Thanks a lot…. time to make an appointment with my Doctor.
    Great source of information.

    1. Shawn Post author

      Hi Gloria!
      Thank you for your comments! I’m glad you’ve found the information on my site useful. I have tried other products as well to help me stop snoring but my wife says the only thing that has worked was a CPAP machine. Sounds to me like an appointment with a sleep specialist is in order. I hope your doctor is able to get you one sooner rather than later.
      Good luck!

  3. Flavio

    Very good job Shawn! I will take some ideas of your site (if you don’t mind) 🙂
    By the way…I have apnea issues myself, so it is useful as well…wish you much success on your website!

    1. Shawn Post author

      Thanks very much Flavio! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my site. I’m glad to hear you found the information on my site useful, especially given you also have sleep apnea. I’m also happy that I was able to give you some ideas. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.


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