How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep While on CPAP Therapy

January 24, 2014 | CPAP Tips & Tutorials |

CPAP therapy goes a long way to reduce apneic events, leading to increased sleep time and a more restful night. However, there are many other factors that can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep for CPAP therapy patients.

New CPAP therapy patients go through an adjustment period of varying lengths. They may deal with everything from mask issues to tube placement interference and machine noise. Mask aversion is a prominent challenge to getting a better night’s sleep on CPAP therapy.

Mask aversion can be the natural adjustment to wearing a mask on your face while you sleep to more severe challenges of extreme claustrophobia. In both cases, CPAP exposure therapy can help patients adjust to wearing a CPAP mask. This form of cognitive-behavioral therapy entails wearing the mask during the day while watching television or during other tasks where you’re stationary. This normalizes the practice of wearing the mask. It also helps to get familiar with the airflow and slight machine noise associated with CPAP therapy.

We have often discussed the various ways to make CPAP therapy part of a bedtime routine that promotes better sleep. Everything from lighting and room temperature to a comfortable mattress and special bed pillows that accommodate a CPAP mask and hose can have a profound effect on getting that good night’s sleep.

Sleep position can be crucial to getting a better night’s sleep with CPAP therapy. Seeping on your side as opposed to your back or stomach is best to maximize the effectiveness of CPAP therapy. It also helps many patients to slightly elevate the head of the bed by four to six inches. Or, utilize a foam wedge or special cervical pillow to elevate your head.

For many people, the air pressure from their CPAP machine can interfere with falling asleep. One way to avoid this is when you feel that the pressure is too high to fall asleep, try using the “ramp” mode on the CPAP machine. This will start the machine on a lower air pressure level that will gradually increase once you fall asleep.

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Congestion, a cold, or the air from the CPAP therapy, can also interfere with a good night’s sleep. Mild nasal congestion can be remedied by the use of a saline nasal spray. If you do not have a heated humidifier for your CPAP machine, strongly consider getting one. This helps alleviate the dry nose and throat that can come from the air intake with CPAP therapy.

In addition to providing important news, our blog archives are designed to be a source of tips to make life with CPAP therapy better. Take advantage of them and share them with other users to help discover ideas that make a great night’s sleep a common denominator for all CPAP therapy patients.

For additional information on various topics concerning sleep apnea and CPAP products, please refer to our blog. It is constantly updated and offers free advice and information. If you’d like to learn more about the quality sleep apnea products we carry, or if you have additional questions, call us at (866) 414-9700. Or, you can contact us through our website.

Chris Vasta CPAP Expert & President at The CPAP Shop


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…