The 10 Keys to Success for CPAP Therapy

For the majority of OSA patients, the first month of CPAP therapy is often the most difficult and results in high incidents of non-compliance with a significant percentage giving up all together. With so much at stake, it is imperative that every user of a sleep apnea machine be aware of as many ways as possible to ensure success with therapy.

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Although there are numerous aspects to consider when it comes to successful CPAP therapy, let’s consider our top ten words to help motivate and encourage those newly diagnosed.

Commitment

Certainly the most crucial key to successful CPAP therapy is the user’s level of commitment. While the goal is to improve your sleep and quality of life, it often helps most OSA patients to think in terms of specifics. In particular, focus on what you will be sacrificing by not committing to CPAP therapy in the long-term, and the positives gained through commitment.

Every day that you are unable to stay alert or focused can bring you one day closer to losing your job, and depending on the type of job you do, even your life. It’s also important to focus on how better performance at work and home afford a more fulfilled lifestyle. It offers potentially more career advancement opportunities and more family time. A more fulfilled, healthier life will allow you to be there for your family and friends, and be free of depression and mood swings so you can enjoy them to the fullest.

Communication

Developing an open and ongoing level of communication with your family, physician, sleep therapy expert, and CPAP therapy equipment supplier is crucial to successful CPAP therapy. Keep in mind that they are there to help you in your particular situation. Take responsibility for your treatment, become knowledgeable about options, and ask as many questions as possible. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, it is imperative to discuss options, scenarios, and ask questions so that you are prepared for the challenge of the initial days and weeks of CPAP therapy.

Consistency

In order to receive the maximum benefit from CPAP therapy, it is imperative to use the CPAP machine every night for the entire night, as well as during naps. This will allow you to adjust to the sleep apnea machine and CPAP mask much faster.

Correction

Choosing the right sleep apnea machine, mask, and hose among other CPAP supplies is a process that can take some time and diligent research. Dedicated CPAP equipment suppliers have sleep therapy specialists on staff, and understand that the first choice is not always the best choice for each individual. Consequently, they often provide opportunities to try different masks, and are available to help address any issues that arise during therapy. They are also there to help you learn to use the equipment correctly to maximize its effectiveness.

Comfort

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Finding a CPAP mask that is both comfortable and fits correctly will make the transition easier. An uncomfortable mask is one of the primary reasons why people give up CPAP therapy. There are many choices available. Choose a CPAP mask for your particular facial style and needs. There are also many products to deal with issues like dry throat and nasal passages, such as nasal sprays and decongestants to heated humidifiers.

Support

While many OSA patients can expect to get support from there family and friends, there is nothing like the understanding that comes from other OSA patients. That is why it is important to be proactive and get involved in one of the many active CPAP therapy support groups, or online user groups.

Challenge

Committing to use of your sleep apnea machine is a daily challenge in the first month and may become a recurring problem as you start to feel better and think it has become unnecessary. By having a family member, friend, or support group member check in with you each day to ask if you complied the night before, it can be easier to stay on track.  Focus on how much better you feel the next day after you’ve receive therapy.

Maintenance

Every OSA patient that utilizes CPAP therapy should have a complete understanding of how to clean their mask, tubing, headgear, and filters. This is something that should be done on a regular basis on a set schedule so that it becomes part of your routine.

Reward

Because CPAP therapy is initially challenging, it can be a good idea to have a reward waiting for you at the end of the first month. Since every person is different, the choices of reward will vary. Just be sure that it is something that is not readily available to you all of the time and will not interfere with compliance.

Continuation

After your first month of treatment, continue to make a daily commitment to use your CPAP all night, every night and for every nap. Remember that your health and happiness depend on it.

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, don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 414-9700, or you can contact us through our website. https://www.thecpapshop.com/contact-us

Chris Vasta

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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…


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  • brinr

    I have successfully used my cpap for 15 months.  All of a sudden it is not working.  I am not sleeping.  I wake up almost every hour.  I took my machine(REM star Pro C-Flex+ w/System One Heated Humidifier) in and the tech told me it was fine.  I am at a loss as to what to do.  The water reservoir is not needing to be refilled daily like before and the unit is not hot like it states it should be after use. Can anyone relate to this issue.  I was sleeping so well up until  last month.

    • jellis

      A follow up appointment with your sleep doctor may be in order.  Your CPAP pressure needs may have changed over the last year.  In some cases, after reviewing a download of your machine, the pressure can be adjusted up or down depending on the need.  You will probably be asked to come back for another follow up to see how you are responding to the new pressure.

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