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Tips for Getting to Sleep with your CPAP Machine

Getting used to your new CPAP machine isn’t always the easiest task, but the immeasurable benefits definitely outweigh the risks of trying to sleep without one. In some cases, the benefits may be experienced after the first night of use. Just be patient as you transition to using your CPAP device, it will get easier. Remember, sleep apnea treatment isn’t only necessary for a good night’s sleep, but it’s important for your mental and physical health as well.

How To Fall Asleep Faster With Your CPAP Machine

1. Look Up CPAP Machine Reviews

Not all CPAP machines are created equal. You may like one more than the other. Look up some reviews and consider what features are important to you.

  • Some CPAP machines have incredibly quiet motors so they won’t disturb you or your partner.
  • If the air passing through your CPAP is harsh or could consider using a CPAP with a humidifier to add heated moisture to the air for increased comfort.
  • If your CPAP pressure settings are too strong consider getting a CPAP with an auto ramp feature to gradually increase the amount of pressure you receive until you fall asleep. Some also automatically adjust the pressure with every breath to help you stay asleep.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

Try out different masks with your CPAP machine to find the most comfortable fit Do you think Tom Brady’s very first pass was a perfect spiral? Well, it may have been. But still, he went to practice for years to get where he is today! You’ll make it to the Superbowl of sleep if you practice using your CPAP.

Wear your CPAP mask a few hours before bed each day to get used to it. Wear it while you read or watch TV. Also, always use it during naps and while on vacation.

The process known as CPAP desensitization can help you gradually get used to your machine by using it for longer periods of time before bed each night. Start off with 15 minutes of use before bedtime, then increase to 30 minutes, and then

3. Make Sure You Have The Right CPAP Mask

There are multiple different types of CPAP masks to help meet the needs of individual sleep apnea patients. Take some consideration as to what type of mask will work best for you.

If you’re a mouth breather you’ll need a full face mask to cover your nose and mouth.

However, if you breathe through your nose you can use a nasal mask or pillow nasal mask, which takes up a lot less surface area. Although, those who are prone to congestion and allergies will need to use a full face mask when they can’t breathe through their nose.

Accessories such as CPAP mask liners, creams, straps, and headgear can make your mask more comfortable.

You also need a correctly fitting CPAP mask. If your mask is too tight it may put too much pressure on your skin and if it’s too big it might easily slide off during the night.

4. Optimize Your Bedroom For Comfort

Make sure your room is nice and comfortable for sleeping in.

  • You’ll want your bedroom to be dark, cool, and free of distractions. Sleep easier with your CPAP machine is a comfortable bedroom
  • Distraction free also means quiet.
  • Phones and computer screens can keep you awake, so put away electronics about 30 minutes before bed. However, it’s fine to watch TV before bed.
  • If your room is too quiet or too hot use a fan to enhance your bedtime comfort.
  • Keep your room clean and clutter free. Messes can subconsciously stress you out and keep you awake.
  • Make sure your bedding is comfortable. Do you have supportive, soft pillows? Is your mattress lumpy? Does your blanket keep you warm? If anything is bothering you when it comes to your bed, fix it. Getting proper sleep.

5. Optimize Your Lifestyle For Sleep

There are a few simple daily changes you can make in order to make getting to sleep easier at night. For example, you can:

  • Avoid caffeine close to bedtime and other stimulants that may keep you awake.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages 2 to 3 hours before bed.
  • Work out for about 30 minutes a few days a week but make sure it’s at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid eating two hours before bedtime to prevent heartburn and stomach cramps.

6. Relax Before Bed

Take the time to wind down. It can be difficult to actively end your night and try to go right to sleep. Relax by reading a book, watching some TV, meditating, or whatever else you find to be soothing. Start relaxing about two hours before bedtime.

Avoid stressful or emotional topics before bed. When you get stressed out your body may release the stress hormone cortisol, which makes people alert.

fall asleep quickly with your CPAP machine by adopting a healthier lifestyle

7. Keep Your CPAP Clean

Because your CPAP mask touches your skin and your breath passes through the components dust, skin cells, allergens, smells, bacteria, and more can collect. You might sleep better with fresh and clean CPAP supplies. Plus, clean CPAP equipment will last longer and help prevent you from getting sick.

You can wash your CPAP supplies by hand using warm soap and water once a week. Then hang them up to dry. OR you can speed up the process by using a CPAP cleaner like the Lumin to sanitize your items in as little as five minutes.

Don’t Give Up

Even though getting used to that dag nab sleep apnea machine may take a few days, don’t give up. With a little patience and practice, you and your CPAP will be off night after night of sweet dreams.

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