We've linked to some short video clips going over some of the commonly encountered problems people can experience using CPAP. The videos are informal and presented by sleep therapist in the USA. We decided to link to his videos as he follows the exact philisophy we have developed independently at the Sleep Well Clinic. CPAP should not be a hardship or an anchor, it should be your passport to the rest of your life.
Four simple steps from the good folks at freeCPAPadvice.com to help with claustrophobia and anxiety with CPAP. This is a must for anyone that has trouble tolerating CPAP when they first try it out. If you develop claustrophobia or anxiety after being an established CPAP user, it might mean your pressure needs to be reviewed so CONTACT THE CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM - 0800476673.
Don't forget if you upload data to also CONTACT THE CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM on 0800476673 to discuss your upload. We don't get notified automatically if you upload your data, so call us to let us know to look.
If you are looking at your sleep data, as a general rule the apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) should be sitting at least below 10/hr, and ideally below 5/hr. Note that some people have 'complex' apnoea with a residual AHI that is higher than those numbers, which you should have discussed with your Sleep Therapists during the start-up period. If you have any concerns, or if you just want to talk about the readings, CONTACT THE CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM on 0800476673.
First rule of pressure change is CONTACT THE CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM on 0800476673 to discuss things. There might be another explanation. If you turn pressure DOWN and start snoring or feel like you are struggling to breathe you have gone down too far. As a pretty good guide CPAP is usually effective at a setting around 10% of your body weight in kilos through to that plus three, with an upper limit of about 15cmH2O regardless of weight i.e a 90kg person would expect to be on about 9cmH2O through to about 12cmH2O. If you have a cold or blocked nose you would be at the higher end and if no other complications you would be at the lower end.
Real World Advice
The following tips and tricks are general advice and should not over-ride specific instructions offered to you by your CPAP therapist. The mask tips apply more to people using a nasal mask rather than full-face or oral. If you have specific concerns or questions, please feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
Signs things are working
Maintenance and cleaning
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