FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT SLEEP DISORDERS
WHY IS MY MOUTH DRY IN THE MORNING?
- A dry mouth in the morning could mean one of a few things. Most likely, the humidity level on the CPAP machine is set too low for your needs. Feel free to turn it up nightly until you wake up in the morning without a dry mouth. Increasing or decreasing your humidity will not affect your CPAP therapy, it’s purely for your own comfort and to overcome your sleep disorders.
- If increasing the humidity does not help, there could be an issue of improper mask fit. Ensure the mask sits snugly on your face and no air leaks out the sides of the mask.
- If you’re still experiencing humidity/mask issues, please feel free to contact your nearest CPAP Solutions Ltd. location to speak with one of our specialists.
WHY DOES MY CPAP MACHINE NEED DISTILLED WATER?
- Distilled water is free of any minerals, which could be harmful to both your body and your CPAP machine. Distilled water can be purchased at most grocery stores and drug stores.
WHY DO I HAVE A HEADACHE OR EAR PRESSURE WHEN I WAKE UP?
- CPAP machine users generally only experience headaches or ear pressure if there is another sinus related issue. Some sinus cavities can become blocked during CPAP therapy, creating a pressure differential between the different sinus cavities affected. The pressure differences felt by the individual thus are often interpreted as sinus headaches.
- Try increasing the humidity set on the machine to rectify this issue. If you’re having problems adjusting the humidity, please feel free to contact your nearest CPAP Solutions Ltd. location to speak with one of our specialists.
WHY DO I FEEL BLOATING OR TRAPPED GAS IN MY STOMACH?
- In some cases, CPAP users experience bloating or the trapping of gas in their stomach. This is generally caused by sleep positions or by an inappropriately positioned CPAP mask. Try sleeping on no more than one pillow when using the CPAP machine, to ensure proper neck position and thus preventing gas from entering the stomach.
WHY IS THERE WATER IN THE CPAP HOSE?
- Water collects as condensation from the humidifier in the machine. The amount of water trapped in the tube will increase if the room it’s in is cooler in temperature, and often changes with the seasons. Try emptying the water from the tube daily, even if it’s just a few drops.
- If you’re finding there is an increasing amount of water collecting in your CPAP tubing, you can switch your standard tubing for a heated tube, which will decrease the amount of condensation collected in the tube. Please feel free to visit your nearest CPAP Solutions Ltd. location to receive a heated tube.
WHY IS MY MASK MAKING A LOUD BLOWING NOISE?
- If your mask is making an excessive amount of noise, and you’re feeling air escaping from the sides of the mask, it may be sitting incorrectly on your face. To make a proper seal between your skin and the mask, use the Velcro straps to adjust the fit. Make the mask fit tighter or looser until the noise stops, and a proper seal has been made.
- If you’re unable to obtain proper mask fit after adjusting the straps, it may be time to replace your CPAP mask. CPAP masks are made of silicone, which breaks down when in contact with the oils in our skin, and should be replaced every 6 months to ensure proper fit.
- If the mask fits well, but blows air when you lay down, you may need to re-adjust your pillows. Take the time to find a compromise where you are comfortable, and the mask maintains it’s proper fit. CPAP Solutions Ltd. carries a collection of CPAP pillows specially designed for conforming to the shape of your CPAP mask, without compromising your comfort. Feel free to visit your nearest CPAP Solutions Ltd. location to view the CPAP pillows we have available.
WHY IS MY MASK OFF WHEN I WAKE UP?
- Some people wake up and are surprised to find out that they have removed their CPAP mask during their sleep. This is usually because they are not getting enough air during their sleep with the mask. It may be because their nose is congested, or they move a lot during their sleep. Patients who move a lot in their sleep may benefit more with using a full face mask because it can stay on their faces longer. A chin strap may also assist in keeping the mask on the face longer. If this is because the patient’s nose is congested, they may need to adjust the humidity of their CPAP machine.
I BREATHE THROUGH MY MOUTH. WHAT CAN I DO?
- Mouth breathers can wear most masks with a little alteration. A chinstrap may be added to the nasal pillow or nasal mask. Full face masks can be used without alteration as its seal covers both the patient’s nose and mouth.
WHY IS THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE SORE?
- If a patient experiences sores at the bridge of their nose or below the nose, this is generally because they have tightened their headgear straps too much. At first, this pressure will create soreness. Then a bruise may appear. If left untreated, it may lead to an open sore.
- Some patients tighten their headgear in order to reduce air leakage. This may be helpful to a small degree. However, if the patient needs to over-tighten their headgear in order to prevent air leakage, this may indicate that the mask is not the proper fit for them.