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5 Common Problems with CPAP Machines – and Simple Ways to Resolve Them

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an extremely effective method of treatment for the 18 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

That being said, it can be difficult to adjust to CPAP therapy – and there are common problems that can arise when using this equipment. In today’s post, we’ll examine some of these problems – as well as simple solutions to each of them.

Problem #1: The mask doesn’t fit well.

There are different types and sizes of CPAP masks to choose from – and often it’s a matter of preference. For example, some masks cover both the mouth and nose, while others cover only the nose. You may need to experiment a bit to figure out which one works best for you.

Problem #2: It’s hard to adjust to wearing the mask.

It may take some time to get used to sleeping with a CPAP mask. To help yourself adjust, practice wearing it for 10 to 30 minutes during the day while you’re watching TV or engaging in other activities around the house.

Problem #3: The mask makes the user’s nose dry and stuffy. If you notice that your nose and throat are drying out when you use your CPAP mask, you can always attach a heated humidifier to it. This could also be a sign that your mask is leaking though, so be sure to consult your doctor.

Problem #4: The mask is too noisy. CPAP masks are supposed to help you sleep better, but sometimes the noise can prevent that from happening. Fortunately, most newer models are almost silent. However, if yours starts making noise all of a sudden, it may mean that the air filter is blocked.

Problem #5: The mask is difficult to clean. Cleaning and sanitizing your CPAP mask is important, as it ensures that it’s functioning properly and that you aren’t breathing in harmful bacteria, viruses and mold. The simplest and most effective way to clean your mask is with the SoClean 2®, a 100% natural sanitizing machine that automatically cleans and sanitizes your entire CPAP equipment – no disassembly required.

Keep in mind that when any sort of issue with your CPAP mask arises, it’s in your best interest to consult your doctor. Chances are he or she will have some helpful advice to offer.

Stay tuned to the Better Rest Solutions blog for more tips and tricks for sleep apnea sufferers.