FAQ’s for CPAP
- Can I use my CPAP if I have a runny nose?
- I am having trouble getting my mask to stop leaking.
- I feel bloated and burp a lot now that I have CPAP, is this normal?
- My bed partner tells me I’m still snoring with my CPAP.
- Why is it harder to exhale with my CPAP?
- Will I need my CPAP for long?
- I have lost some weight. Do I still have Sleep Apnea?
- What is heated tubing?
- I am a mouth breather, what type of mask is best for me?
A runny nose may be a symptom of mouth-breathing with the CPAP. Proper use of a humidifier may relieve this problem. You may wish to discuss prescription nasal sprays with your doctor if this is an ongoing problem. If you have a cold there are over the counter nasal decongestants that may help but these should not be used long term. Back to the Top
Your mask should fit snugly enough so there are no leaks in any position while you sleep. Over-tightening a mask may result in a leak, and it can be uncomfortable. Try to adjust the position of your mask before you tighten the straps. Lift the mask from your face and readjust the position until it feels right. If you have had your mask for some time it could be time to replace it. A mask generally lasts six months to a year. Back to the Top
If you are swallowing a lot of air during your sleep it will cause you to burp and feel bloated. It may be because you are mouth breathing or haven’t become adjusted to the CPAP yet. Given time, and maybe a chin strap, these symptoms should disappear. If they don’t, inform your physician. Back to the Top
You may be snoring due to a poor mask fit, stuffy nose or mouth breathing. If you correct these problems and still snore it could be that you need to have your pressure adjusted. You should contact the prescribing physician. Back to the Top
The CPAP machine blows a constant pressure (prescribed by your doctor) of air through the mask all the time whether you are breathing in or out. When this pressure is against your own flow of exhalation your airway is splinted open preventing the apneas, it is an unusual sensation and will require some patience and perseverance. Back to the Top
Plan on using your CPAP each night and consider using it while you nap as well. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not cured by CPAP it only provides relief of symptoms. Each time you sleep without your CPAP, your OSA is untreated. You should take your machine with you when you travel too. While the ultimate goal of CPAP therapy is to use your machine for a full night some physician’s feel that at least four hours use in the beginning is compliant. Back to the Top
Weight is an important factor in obstructive sleep apnea. There’s no guarantee weight loss, in itself, is going to clear up sleep apnea however a large weight decrease may affect your required CPAP pressure. The best thing to do is advise RT Respiratory or the Sleep Lab of a weight gain/loss of 20lbs or more. Back to the Top
Heated CPAP tubing contains copper coils that are gently heated to conduct a constant temperature throughout the length of the hose. This enhances the comfort of the therapy and reduces or eliminates rainout (the accumulation of water in a CPAP tube due to warm moist air cooling and condensing on its way from your CPAP machine to your CPAP mask). Back to the Top
A full face CPAP covers your nose and mouth and allows you to breathe either through your nose or mouth. It can be the best option for those people who are mouth-breathing during sleep. Back to the To top