I have trouble falling asleep on my therapy or I feel uncomfortable when I first apply the air pressure at night.
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It is normal to experience some discomfort when you are starting to use CPAP therapy. It will take time for your body to adjust to this new sensation. Most people adjust to CPAP therapy in two-four weeks, although for some it can take longer.
Be sure to put your mask on every night. Using your machine is one way to acclimatize yourself, even if it starts with short periods.
You can try wearing the mask when you’re awake, watching T.V. or reading a book – this can help distract you and allow your body to adapt.
Your sleep therapist can help you adjust different features on your machine that help you use CPAP. The ramp is a feature that starts the machine off very low and builds to your prescribed pressure over time or when you fall asleep. Most machines come with a feature that lessens the air pressure slightly when you exhale, making it easier and more natural to breathe with the machine.