Forum · Trouble Committing to CPAP- Now What?

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[-] GenerousSilverPrairieDog7964 +0 points · 8 months ago

Trouble Committing to CPAP- Now What?

Hi everyone,

I've had trouble committing to my CPAP machine. For a number of reasons:

  1. The mask has been uncomfortable, and my sleepy self accidentally takes it off mid-sleep without thinking

  2. The mask is on the floor for some reason when I wake up in the morning. Probably due to reason #1.

  3. The hose itches my nose, and I've sometimes gotten a cold or whatever.

  4. I've been too lazy to clean my machine

  5. I've simply been unable to commit to it most nights, even when I make a pact with myself or make a conscious effort.

So: What do I do now? If I haven't been able to commit to my CPAP, what do I do about this lousy disease? And the depressive side effects that come from sleep apnea?

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 7 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Your health and it is up to you to comply with therapy or not. It is up to you to clean the machine or not. It is up to you to educate yourself on mask types and which will work best. I don't seem to be able to give you many other hints but only that it is your health so you must decide if you want to commit to a corrective course of action of not.

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[-] NiceSilverBison1316 +0 points · 7 months ago

Have you tried an oral appliance?

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[-] PolitePrussianBlueCrow3995 +0 points · 7 months ago

ask your dr for somthing to help to sleep it takes time do not give up also if i get a little leak in the mask before a new one is due paper med tape can help

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[-] DanM +0 points · 7 months ago Sleep Commentator

Hi GenerousSilverPrarieDog. Is it possible that the mask discomfort and nasal irritation are causing so much frustration that you do not want to commit to treatment? I am sure you know that untreated sleep apnea is related to many other health conditions. I encourage you to contact your equipment provider and discuss the mask discomfort. One of the most important things that can help lead to successful treatment is getting the right mask. Cleaning your machine is also very important, and it does not take much time to do. There are mask wipes and sprays that can help make the process less intensive. However, a dirty machine can harbor bacterial and cause other health problems. Please consider talking with your equipment provider and/or sleep physician about the best way to address the comfort issues. That might help your motivation! Best wishes!

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