If you’ve recently started using CPAP equipment, then you probably already know how complicated this equipment can be. Unfortunately, with so many tubes and filters to keep track of, many people do not realize that they’re incorrectly using their CPAP equipment.
Misusing your CPAP equipment can create issues not only with your machinery but also with your health. CPAP masks help to regulate air circulation in your nose and mouth while you sleep. When misused, the amount of oxygen supplied to your body and brain at night can be affected.
Most often, CPAP users do not even realize that they are not using their CPAP machines properly. However, there are several signs your CPAP machine needs adjusting. In this blog, we’ll review what signs you should look out for if you suspect your CPAP machine is not working correctly.
Dry Morning Nose and Mouth
One of the most common signs that your CPAP machine needs adjusting is the reappearance of several sleep apnea symptoms. For example, if you wake up with a dry nose and mouth, this is a common sign that your CPAP machine is misaligned. Although experiencing a dry throat, mouth, and nose can be common while using your CPAP machine, most CPAP equipment includes a humidifier.
This feature adds moisture into the air to prevent your throat, nose, and mouth from experiencing uncomfortable dryness. If your CPAP machine includes a humidifier, but the dryness of your mouth has not subsided, this most likely means that something in your CPAP equipment is misaligned. Contact your doctor and CPAP technician immediately if you experience this issue.
Bloated Morning Stomach
The pressure of your CPAP machine makes a significant impact on the comfort and effectiveness of your equipment. If you notice that your stomach is bloated each morning after using this machinery, this is a common sign that your air pressure is too high.
When your CPAP air pressure is too high, your mouth can involuntarily begin to swallow a large amount of air in your sleep.
Most CPAP users who’ve experienced this issue cite that their gut is chronically stiff and rigid due to this air pressure. If you think you may be swallowing air in your sleep due to your CPAP’s air pressure, talk to your doctor about adjusting your pressure settings immediately.
When your CPAP mask is not adjusted correctly, this can also lead to major air leak issues. Air leaks occur when your mask does not securely fit on your face. In addition, if you commonly move in your sleep or have facial features such as a beard or glasses, these factors could also lead to your mask detaching from your face at night.
If you wake up with your mask dislodged from your face or have chronic migraines during the day, these are signature signs of consistent air leaks. Luckily adjusting the mask of your CPAP machine is simple. Speak with your CPAP technician or doctor to discuss alternative types of CPAP masks to fit your lifestyle.
If any of these signs sound similar to issues you’re having with your CPAP equipment, it’s essential that you speak with your doctor to address these concerns as soon as possible.
When adjusted correctly and functioning well, your CPAP equipment will help you stay healthy and have a full night of uninterrupted sleep. Protect your health today by inspecting your equipment for any of these problems.