Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you most likely have been prescribed a CPAP machine to get a better sleep. However, getting used to sleeping with a CPAP machine can take some getting used to. Here are some basic tips to help you get the most out of your sleep apnea machine:
Start using your machine for short periods of time.
This will help you get used to wearing the mask, become comfortable with the noise, and become acquainted with the machine itself. Consider wearing it while watching television or reading.
Add CPAP into your sleep routine.
The more you use CPAP, the better you will feel! Make sure you use your machine every time you sleep, including naps. This lets you get used to its benefits and allows your body to adjust faster.
Clean your equipment.
The best way to ensure that your sleep apnea machine works optimally is to take care of it. That means setting aside time to clean all of the components, such as the tubing and mask, thoroughly. Slot this time into your schedule so that it becomes habit.
Make incremental adjustments when you need.
What do you do if your mask is too tight, the placement is uncomfortable, the pressure is too high, or the noise seems a bit too loud? Make small and gradual changes for each aspect until it seems right, then move on to the next one. Don’t make all changes all at once – that can be hard to determine if you have truly addressed the issue.
See your doctor.
If you are having problems sleeping or feeling sufficiently rested even after following the tips above, schedule an appointment with your doctor. They can address the underlying issues that could be preventing you from cozying down for a sweet, quality slumber.