The Sleep Institute of New England’s 10 Keys to CPAP Success
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CPAP is not a quick fix for your problem. It involves a long-term commitment to improve your sleep and your health.
At SINE we make it easy to stay in close communication with both your sleep doctor and your CPAP supplier. Ask lots of questions and seek help when you need it. We are available to answer questions and provide resources for you.
Use CPAP all night, every night and for every nap. You will receive the maximum health benefits from CPAP when you use it every time that you sleep. This will also make it easier for your body to adjust to the treatment.
The first mask that you try may not be the best one for you. Our CPAP management program will help make corrections to your equipment selection. Ask about trying a different type mask if you have ongoing problems. Make sure that your mask is a good fit and learn to use your equipment properly.
Tell a family member or close friend to ask you each morning if you used your CPAP the previous night. Have someone to challenge you to give it your best effort.
Your adjustment to CPAP will be easier if you are able to connect with others who use the same treatment. Join our A.W.A.K.E (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) group and attend our quarterly meetings to see what’s new and discuss problems and concerns in an open forum.
Increase your level of comfort by using a saline spray, decongestant or heated humidifier if CPAP irritates your nose, mouth or throat. Use your unit’s “ramp” setting to slowly get used to the air pressure level. At SINE we offer a retail line of accessories to help make CPAP use more comfortable.
Clean your mask, tubing and headgear on a regular basis. Put this time in your schedule so that you don’t forget to do it. Check and replace the filters for your CPAP unit and humidifier.
Although you are never finished with CPAP therapy, you should reward yourself by celebrating the completion of your first month of treatment. Expect this first month to be your hardest period of adjustment. It will involve some trial and error as you find the mask and pressure settings that are right for you. We are here to help this acclimation period smooth. Please don’t hesitate to call our office with questions or concerns.
After your first month of treatment, continue to make a daily commitment to use your CPAP all night, every night and for every nap.