Living with CPAP Treatment
How can I live with my CPAP treatment?
No one can argue that sleeping with a mask on takes a bit of time to adjust to. The key is getting used to CPAP therapy and staying on CPAP therapy.
The best way to ensure that you are provided the advice and tools to help you benefit from CPAP therapy is to select a company with Healthcare Professionals that have experience and knowledge to assist in effective treatment.
Studies show that strong family support is important; following are the positive outcomes and suggestions to help you live with CPAP treatment.
1) Remember the Health Benefits
People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are struggling between sleeping OR breathing. Breathing wins and your sleep is constantly interrupted. Untreated sleep apnea can potentially lead to a cycle of serious health problems over time and is associated with increased automobile accidents, Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
CPAP Therapy allows you to sleep and breathe at the same time. This normal sleep allows you to function better the following day and results in improvement of the above medical problems.
2) Learn all you can about CPAP Therapy – CPAP Providers do matter
If someone hands you a CPAP machine, mask and instruction book, chances are you will not be successful with treatment.
Contact someone who can provide education on sleep apnea, custom mask fit, adjust your CPAP machine, has the experience to assist with side effects and can monitor your outcomes and progress.
3) Address side effects Immediately
Some side effects may occur however they can virtually all be addressed and remedied by Healthcare Professionals. The most common being:
- A poor mask fit (air escapes or blows into your eyes)
- Nasal Congestion (a study out of Finland showed that 54% of people with OSA had nasal stuffieness/congestion problems)1
- Too much pressure (difficulty breathing out)
- I can’t fall asleep
- My mask comes off during the night
- Dry mouth
- Skin irritation (or marks from the mask)
All of these side effects can be easily addressed by your West Care Medical Healthcare Professional and get you back on the road to a healthier life.
4) You now have a Happy Bed Partner
Often the bed partners of people with sleep apnea have endured constant awakenings because of your snoring and restless sleep.
Along with improving your sleep, you will also improve the sleep of your bed partner.
5) Customize a CPAP System for Your Life
There are many CPAP Machines and many CPAP masks out there. All machines have different “comfort” features and there are nasal pillows, nasal masks and full face masks that can all be customized to provide a comfortable fit.
There are also smaller “travel CPAP” units, power invertors and a variety of accessories, CPAP pillows and hypoallergenic filters that can all contribute to successful CPAP treatment.
6) Keep Trying – Improved Alertness is Worth it
CPAP is not a cure for sleep apnea and it must be used every night for you to be successfully treated. For people with mild sleep apnea, other treatments may help.
For people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is the only highly effective treatment. Once successfully treated the payoff is huge and you can enjoy an improved quality of life.
West Care Medical therapists have provided CPAP therapy to over 100,000 clients over the past 30 years, and today can take care of you through 100 clinics coast to coast.
1 – Kreivi Hanna-Riikka, et al. Department of Medicine, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland. Acta oto-laryngologica ( England ) May 2012, 132 (5) p510-8