If you wake up in the middle of the night, you may have to choose between ‘treating yourself’ to sleep without a CPAP mask and treating your body to the health advantages that CPAP provides.
Is it OK to use CPAP just for a portion of the night?
Successful CPAP treatment has significant health advantages, including a reduction in the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular events, and diabetes. It also relieves symptoms of sleep apnea such as weariness, cognitive fog, migraines, and depression. You don’t get the full spectrum of CPAP’s health advantages if you don’t wear it all night. Why would you treat your blood pressure or diabetes for just half of the day?
What exactly occurs during REM sleep?
REM, or rapid eye movement, happens every 60-90 minutes and allows you to process emotions, generate and store memories, and learn and acquire new abilities.
You dream during REM, and your heart rate and breathing rate increase. Your brain tells your muscles to relax in order to keep your body from reacting violently to the pictures, sounds, and other sensations that fill your dreams. As a consequence, apneas are more severe during REM because your throat muscles are more prone to collapse, and your body is less able to wake up and take a deep, oxygen-rich breath. How many hours of CPAP every night is enough?
To optimize your CPAP treatment effectiveness and enable you to sleep normally and healthily, you should wear your CPAP mask whenever you sleep.
CPAP success strategies
1. Locate the appropriate mask
It may seem apparent, but it is important to take your time and study the possibilities that are tailored to your individual requirements. Because everyone’s facial shapes and lifestyle demands vary, the perfect design and size mask for someone else may not work for you. The CPAP business has broadened its product lines to include smaller facial features for women, facial hair, and mouth breathing.
When it comes to masks, the fit is everything. The size instructions may assist you in determining the best fit for comfort and an effective mask seal.
2. Have patience
It might be difficult to adjust to CPAP treatment since it has side effects such as claustrophobia or dry mouth, but the good news is that these concerns can be resolved with the appropriate equipment and accessories, as well as a skilled sleep expert, doctor, and CPAP machine maker.
3. Maintain consistency
To get the most out of your CPAP treatment, you must use it religiously every night. We suggest that you wear your mask for a short period of time to assist you to get more comfortable and that you utilize the ramp option on your CPAP machine. This function gradually raises the pressure over time to help you fall asleep. You may also use a humidifier to minimize dryness and think about CPAP travel equipment if you’re always on the run to keep your sleep treatment from being disrupted.
If you are using CPAP therapy to treat your sleep apnea, it is important to know how many sessions are required. Nomask CPAPcan help you determine how many sessions you need based on your specific needs and symptoms. We will work with you to create an individualized plan that is tailored to your needs.