I Can’t Breathe with CPAP Mask
Sometimes we get calls from CPAP patients using full face CPAP masks calling in asking what to do about the feeling that they can’t breathe with CPAP mask.
Like aircraft pilots, CPAP patients can get the sensation of not being able to breathe. This sensation could be caused by several different factors. The following is a short list of causes and their remedies.
1. Positive Pressure is Too High – Check with your physician and insurance provider about getting a Respironics DreamStation or a Resmed AirSense10 Auto CPAP machine with many comfort breathing features.
2. Arrested Breathing – This can happen to many people. There have been many movies that have shown military pilots that take their masks off. The movie Independence Day has an example. To solve the problem, hold your breathe and count to five slowly, then begin breathing normally again.
3. Claustrophobic – Imagine yourself in a boat in the middle of a calm lake fishing with your best friend. Hold your breathe and count to five slowly, then begin breathing normally again. If this doesn’t help get a CPAP nasal mask or nasal pillow masks.
Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.