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Tips for PAP therapy
It may take some time for you to become comfortable using PAP therapy. Follow these tips to improve your quality of sleep with PAP.
Begin using your PAP device for short periods of time during the day while you watch TV or read.- Use your PAP device every night and for every nap. Using PAP less often reduces its health benefits and makes it more difficult for your body to adjust to the therapy.
Make small adjustments to increase your level of comfort.- Adjust your mask straps and headgear until you get the fit right. You also can try using a special bed pillow that is shaped for a PAP mask and tubing.
Make sure your mask is a good fit. - The most common problems with PAP therapy occur when the mask does not fit properly. If the mask is too big, the straps holding it to your face will need to be pulled tightly. This may irritate your skin or lead to sores as the straps rub against your face. A mask that is too small will not seal properly and air will leak out through the edges. The air may blow into your eyes. If you are having either problem, you may need a different mask or headgear. Ask the coach!
If the pressure feels too high as you are trying to fall asleep, use the “ramp” mode on your PAP unit. - The ramp mode will start your device on a low pressure setting and gradually increase the pressure over time. You should be able to fall asleep before the air pressure reaches its proper level. If you wake up during the night, don't fight the high pressure. Turn the device off and then back on. This will make the ramp cycle on again. Ask the coach!
Use a saline nasal spray to ease mild nasal congestion. - Nasal congestion can be a problem with PAP treatment. A nasal spray or decongestant can help with nasal or sinus congestion.
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Coughing? - You may experience a cough when you start PAP therapy. This may be caused by post-nasal drip from nasal congestion. If it is a dry cough, it may be from not enough moisture. Having a heated humidifier should help with this. If you have a chronic cough that is worsened with PAP therapy, then please discuss with your physician.
Use/adjust your humidifier if you have a dry mouth, throat or nose. - All PAP devices have a heated humidifier. It ensures that you are breathing warm, moist air through your mask. If you are having issues and do not know how to use or adjust your settings, please call. More.......Ask the coach!
Schedule a regular time to clean your equipment. - Clean your mask, tubing and headgear once a week. Put this time in your schedule so that you don’t forget to do it. More......Ask the coach!
If you are having problems remembering to use your PAP every night, find someone to help. - Consider joining a support group or asking someone you trust to hold you accountable for using your PAP device.
If these adjustments do not work, talk to your local clinical staff at CareLinc Medical. If you have medical concerns, contact the staff at your sleep center or your physician. - The staff at your local sleep center are prepared to help you adjust to PAP therapy. You may need a different type of mask or machine, or you may need an adjustment to your air pressure setting. Some people also benefit from cognitivebehavioral therapy (CBT). CBT can help you identify and overcome fears or concerns that may be preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep with PAP.