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5 Tips For CPAP Therapy Success
Continuous Positive Airway Pressurisation (CPAP) has long been recognised as the 'gold standard' for the treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnoea. Despite this, around 55% of people prescribed with CPAP treatment discontinued their therapy after just a few weeks. Studies show the main reasons for CPAP discontinuation among new users is their lack of technical knowledge and poor understanding of CPAP therapy.
Some people find the mask uncomfortable. Others find the air pressure either too high or too low. While others give up prematurely because they fail to experience results as quickly as they were expecting. Furthermore, many CPAP merchants believe that their job is done once they have sold you a CPAP unit.
But successful CPAP therapy requires more than just strapping a mask on your face and switching the unit on. In reality, CPAP therapy has a 100% success rate for those who use it correctly. So, before you rush out to get a CPAP unit, here are 5 tips for CPAP therapy success:
1. Establish the Severity of Your Sleep Disorder
Whether you are hypopnoeic (partial airway closure) or apnoeic (full airway closure) it's important to understand the severity of your SDB condition before using a CPAP unit.
For instance, having your CPAP unit set for apnoea when you actually suffer acute hypopnoea can be extremely uncomfortable. In effect, you will be forcing too much air into your CPAP mask making it more difficult to breathe. The only professionally recognised way to accurately assess the severity of SDB is by undergoing a diagnostic sleep study.
An Inferior 'screening devices' monitor only 2 or 4 signals which compromise your results. Which can also lead to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment. While a professional grade sleep study technology monitors your breathing patterns and stoppages, cardiac activity, brain activity, limb movement, sleeping position, blood oxygen levels and much more. An in-home diagnostic sleep study uses a 10 channel monitoring system that can now be professionally conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home - Australia wide.
If you are uncertain whether a sleep study is required, Sleep Clinic Services offers a convenient online sleep self-assessment questionnaire to help determine whether a sleep study is necessary. Once submitted, a friendly professional Sleep Therapist will analyse your data, then contact you to explain your results. The Sleep Therapist will also answer any questions and discuss treatment solutions available to you, obligation free.
2. Learn How to Use CPAP from an Expert
Another cause driving high discontinuation rates is the lack of CPAP education of those people new to CPAP therapy. It's like joining a gym without consulting a personal trainer. You may have access to all the exercise apparatus but have little to no idea how to use the equipment correctly. Eventually, you'll become disillusioned and discontinue training believing your efforts to be unbeneficial. Meanwhile, your health and your wallet will continue to suffer.
At Sleep Clinic Services our professional Sleep Therapists are not only CPAP experts providing advice on how best to use (and maintain) your CPAP unit, but also sleep experts who take the time to understand your individual SDB condition and recommend best practices to help you achieve optimal results, quickly.
As a past patient Mort Philp explains "...if it wasn't for the excellent way [I was introduced] to CPAP and followed up on how I was proceeding, I may not have proceeded with the therapy so well."
3. Monitor Your Progress
According to studies, a patient who can stay compliant for the first 6 months of therapy will be far more likely to remain compliant in the long run. That's why it is very important to identify and address any problem that you're experiencing with your CPAP therapy.
At Sleep Clinic Services we understand this by providing every prescribed CPAP therapy patient with the option to replace their mask with a more suitable model to ensure you have the correct fitting mask for your face shape and size. You have four weeks to trial the mask to be absolutely certain which fit is best for you.
"...I always thought that the tricky part would be the mask and getting the adjustment right. There is a little more involved than it would appear and [SCS] expertise is really appreciated." Andrew Reekie.
While assessing the different mask types you should consider the following points:
- Does your mask fit comfortably?
- Is the airflow comfortable?
- Are you experiencing air leakage?
- Are you using your machine regularly?
- Do you feel claustrophobic wearing your mask?
- Note every problem that you've encountered with your CPAP mask and share with your Sleep Therapist immediately
4. On-going CPAP Therapy Support
The best CPAP therapy providers offer support long after the purchase of your CPAP unit to make sure your CPAP therapy is on track and you remain compliant. Unfortunately, many CPAP merchants believe that their job is done once they have sold you a CPAP unit. But once you commit to Sleep Clinic Services, we're here with you for life! There are no on-going consultation fees to pay.
A personally assigned professional Sleep Therapist is available to you at any time to answer questions and check your progress, helping you to remain CPAP compliant. This is our commitment to providing legendary care to all patients.
"...I was more than a little sceptical at first. And working in an isolated community, I doubted that I would get the service and support I needed to maintain the treatment...How wrong I was!" Michael Hicks.
While on CPAP therapy it's important to self-monitor the following health indicators:
- How is your quality of sleep?
- Has your daytime drowsiness gone away?
- Is your mood and attitude improving?
- Is your quality of life and relationships improving?
In case any of these levels are in decline, you can contact Sleep Clinic Services immediately! We'll surely help you whether you are registered with us or not!
5. Remain Persistent and Positive
If you experience any discomfort or a drop in any of the above health indicators, contact Sleep Clinic Services immediately. Help is only a phone call or email away.
As Elizabeth Hall recommends "...especially important, you must be persistent and positive about your CPAP therapy and you will be successful and enjoy its benefits very soon."
Don't put it off any longer. The negative consequences of Sleep Disordered Breathing are serious, and the effects of treatment are extraordinarily positive. Stop tolerating snoring and sleep apnoea today! Call us today on 1300 246 637 for a free no-obligation chat with one of our friendly Sleep Therapists.
DISCLAIMER - ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS GENERAL IN CONTENT AND SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE.
READ WHAT OTHER PATIENTS THINK:
Michael Hicks - "You literally saved my life!"
Jim Goldring - "I was going for periods of up to 1min 17secs without breathing!"
Belinda Skinner - "The results of my home sleep study were very prompt and explained in great detail"