Have you recently been prescribed a CPAP machine (also known as CPAP), and the thought of sleeping with a mask on your face is bothering you? Nothing could be more normal: anticipating the unknown is a legitimate human reaction. However, there’s no need to be afraid that you’ll be using CPAP soon. In fact, you will soon realize that it is designed to bring you only good things (believe us, this change is for the best!).
In this article, Medicus invites you to welcome this CPAP device in an optimistic manner, with patience and perseverance.
Here is more information, as well as our best advice on how to optimize each step of your adaptation period.
What is a CPAP device?
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is designed to treat people with obstructive sleep apnea. It helps the user to breathe better at night by emitting a continuous and adapted air pressure.
Unlike surgical procedures, the CPAP machine does not cure sleep apnea or snoring. Rather, its role is to thwart the obstruction that results from these imbalances. Specifically, the device continuously sends air through the airways through a mask and tube. This air helps keep tissues open, thus preventing the airways from sagging or closing.
In other words, this famous CPAP machine is designed to solve your sleep problems. Nevertheless, its imminent use may be a cause for concern… Will I sleep well with a mask over my face? Is it completely safe? How long will I need to adjust to all this? These are some of the questions that are quite normal to ask. And we hope, in the next few lines, to answer them in a way that will reassure you.
Tip #1: Start With A Positive Mindset
You can see this change as follows: a face mask, which will be connected to a machine all night long. But you can also think of this CPAP device as a proven, non-invasive solution to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of sleep apnea… which you’ve been suffering from for a long time.
Tell yourself that the benefits of using CPAP are far greater than the consequences of untreated apnea, no matter how long it takes you to adjust to it. And one of our best tips: don’t expect this adjustment period to last.
The truth is that everyone is different. Your adjustment period may be longer, shorter, or equal to your brother-in-law, who took 2 months to get a good night’s sleep with his CPAP machine.
However, being proactive about possible discomforts will make your adjustment much easier. And never forget that you are just a phone call away from your respiratory therapist.
Tip #2: Don’t Let Discomfort Discourage You
You have always slept without any physical constraints on your face. It is normal for you to feel some discomfort at first with the CPAP machine face mask. For example, some people may experience irritation, facial pain, or other discomforts from wearing the CPAP machine face mask.
Our respiratory therapists are here to help you adjust your mask to ensure functionality and comfort. Don’t be left alone with this inconvenience: consult a member of our team, who will give you personalized solutions.
Tip #3: Report On Your Progress
Remember why you have prescribed a CPAP machine. Remember these unwanted symptoms of sleep apnea, which undermine your daily life. This exercise will be necessary to help you notice improvements such as:
- Better mood
- Fewer night-time awakenings
- Decrease or disappearance of headaches
- Make it easier to wake up in the morning
Celebrating these small victories will give you the energy you need to persevere in your adaptation phase. Think of your CPAP device as an enabler of benefits for your health and quality of life – and the quality of life of those around you!
Tip #4: Talk To A Respiratory Therapist
At Médicus, our team is dedicated to your health and to listening to your questions. There is no shame in experiencing difficulties adapting or having concerns about the use of the CPAP device. It’s not “just a device”, it’s an important change in your life.
If you feel discouraged, feel like giving up and are having problems with your mask, don’t hesitate to contact them. They are also there to reassure you, motivate you not to give up, and remind you that this choice is the best solution for your well-being!