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What To Expect The First Night Using Your CPAP Machine?

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Bringing home your CPAP machine can be a very exciting experience. CPAP therapy is the start of alleviating your sleep apnea. You’re on the road to sleeping better and improving your health and wellbeing.

But what should you expect the first time you use your CPAP machine? And what if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be? What if you feel disappointed by your first CPAP therapy experience?

What Is The First Thing That You Need To Do?

The first thing you need to do when you get your new CPAP machine is set it up. Find a stable place for your machine. Make sure the tubes can reach you and there is a grounded power source. Most people keep their CPAP machine on their bedside table. Keep the machine clear of anything that may block the vents for example curtains or bedding. Your sleep therapist will instruct you on the correct way to use your machine as prescribed.

Once your machine is set up you’re ready to get going with your CPAP therapy. It’s important to understand from the outset that everyone's experience is different. Try not to start off with expectations that you’re going to have the best sleep of your life. If you’re like many people, you may struggle to get any sleep at all on the first night. That’s because your body and mind aren’t used to sleeping with a CPAP mask on. But rest assured we have a few tips that will help you adjust quicker.

Tips to Help You Adjust To Your CPAP MAchine

Before going to bed try wearing your CPAP mask for a while. You can even do this during the day. Many people find wearing the mask while watching TV or reading is a good way to get used to the feel of it on your face. That’s because you’re distracted and your breathing is more natural than if you’re laying in bed solely focussed on this new experience of wearing a strange mask.

Try to follow your normal bedtime routine as closely as possible. The more signals you send to your body that it’s time to go to bed, the easier it will be to fall asleep. You may find you fall asleep quicker if you go to bed an hour later than usual so that you’re extra tired.

Make sure you’re in a comfortable position in bed and that your mask feels comfortable. If you’ve practised wearing your mask during the day, you may have already adjusted it to a comfortable position.

Breathing With A CPAP Mask On

Now let’s talk about breathing. If you’re like most people you may find breathing out against the air pressure of CPAP a bit uncomfortable at first. And depending on the type of CPAP mask you have, the feeling will be slightly different.

If you have a nasal mask remember to keep your mouth closed so that the air doesn’t escape. You will feel a slight resistance as you breathe out through your nose. And when you breathe in, you may feel like you’re getting an extra boost of air.

If you use a full-face mask, you can breathe through your nose or mouth. Regardless of whether you breathe through your mouth or nose, you will feel a slight resistance as you breathe out.

It’s no surprise that your first night with CPAP therapy may be restless. After all your body needs to get used to both wearing a mask and breathing with air pressure. It’s important to stay focused on the long-term goal of improved health and wellbeing.

Even before starting your CPAP therapy, educate yourself as much as possible about the common issues people have when starting CPAP. Understanding your body’s response to your CPAP machine will help resolve any issues that may be affecting your CPAP therapy success.

When you first use CPAP, you may find that it takes you a little longer to fall asleep or you may wake up during the night and struggle to fall asleep again. Remember that you’re not alone in experiencing this. Rest assured that this will improve with time and that you are making the right moves towards better sleep. If you are concerned you always have your sleep therapist to talk to about how you can sleep better with CPAP.