6 Tips for New CPAP Users
Last updated: November 2022
As a new CPAP user, you might feel overwhelmed when you get your machine home. Here are some tips for new users to make the process of using a CPAP a lot easier.
Tips for new CPAP users
1. Read the manuals
It’s important to read the manuals for your machine and mask when you get them home. Your sleep provider may not discuss all the functionality of your equipment in the best way.
Read the manuals and get to know the functions and how the equipment works before you start using it. This will eliminate a lot of the headaches you may experience with CPAP your experience.
2. Ask questions about your CPAP
Don’t be afraid to ask your provider questions about the equipment if you’re struggling with something or don’t understand a certain setting on your machine.
Don’t assume that the machine will work fine because some settings can make a big difference in how you feel when using a CPAP. Reach out to your provider if you need any help, as using CPAP for the first time may be confusing for you.
3. Join a community
It’s important to connect with others that share the same condition that you do. There are plenty of helpful CPAP communities online. Here you can share your experiences, get tips, and connect with others.
I found joining a CPAP community to be beneficial when I initially suffered from anxiety about using my CPAP mask. People in these communities are there to help and you’ll learn some valuable information to help you cope with your own struggle with sleep apnea.
4. Try to use it every night
Make sure you try to use your mask every night. Using a CPAP successfully does take some time and you may want to throw the mask on the floor but give your therapy some time to work.
The most important aspect of CPAP therapy is consistency, so get used to wearing your mask every night even if you don’t want to.
5. Keep a journal
It can be a good idea to document your experience with CPAP. This will give you a record of your thoughts and emotions as you begin your journey with CPAP therapy.
Often, problems with therapy are emotional in nature. Anyone can wear a CPAP mask, but it's the emotions that get in the way of successful treatment.
6. It’s ok to fail but try again
Some nights you may not feel like using your mask, and that’s fine. It’s okay to fail, but make sure you pick yourself up and try again. Sometimes I hate my CPAP mask, but I go back to it because I know that it’s going to make me feel better the next day.
Continuing on the journey
Use these tips as you go down the path to better sleep with CPAP therapy. You must decide whether you want to suffer from sleep apnea or use your therapy to lead a better quality of life.
I’m thankful for my machine and mask because my day is now energized, and I don’t practically fall over from lack of sleep. Sometimes, it’s a struggle, but I pick myself up again and continue on this journey.
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