Most people adjust to CPAP therapy within approximately two to four weeks.  However, this can vary with the individual and we would encourage you to contact your CPAP therapist or Doctor if you have any concerns. CPAP support can be essential for successful therapy outcomes.

In reality results may be varied, this can depend many different factors.  Some people will notice a change almost immediately, for others it may take a little longer. For others it is a very gradual process that people around you may notice changes first. You may feel worse, before feeling better in the initial few weeks, which is completely normal but, it is not permanent. Persevere and you will reap the benefits.

Most new CPAP Pumps are very quiet and the majority of noise will be the airflow from the mask not the pump itself. If your partner is generally sensitive to noise then it is possible for them to use ear plugs, CPAP devices may be put in a drawer as long as the draw is vented. CPAP therapy will always be quieter than snoring, what noise there is will be a ‘new’ noise which can be subjective and you will generally adapt to it in time.  If you do experience problems with CPAP related noises talk to your CPAP therapist.

Generally no, once your pressure has been set by your Sleep Physician it is rare that it needs much changing.  However, there may over time be need for fine tuning.

  1. If you are having difficulty tolerating your set pressure
  2. If symptoms of snoring or day time sleepiness return
  3. Medication intervention such as – pain relief, anti depressants
  4. For those that have lost or gained weight, it may be necessary that an increase or reduction of pressure is needed

Please discuss these changes with your Sleep Physician or CPAP therapist to review and assess your pressure need.

There is no cure for Sleep Apnoea and snoring can be a symptom of this.  CPAP Therapy is a treatment and simply manages the condition.  If you lose weight it will certainly improve your health and may lead to a decrease in your ‘pressure’.  It is always recommended to speak to your Doctor and or your CPAP therapist before stopping treatment.

Yes it may be.  As you start to sleep better, you will find that your energy and motivation will increase, to participate in more activities. Your body’s metabolism may improve too.

Yes sometimes this can occur and is a benefit of using CPAP therapy.  High BP can be caused from a myriad of health problems, OSA is a major contributor.  Therefore it is quite possible for BP to improve using CPAP.  We would recommend that you monitor this with your GP and do not stop taking any medication without consulting your GP first.

Yes.  If you do not use it consistently, you will very quickly return to your previous level of snoring and daytime sleepiness symptoms.  It is also important to remember to use your CPAP therapy on those nights where you have consumed larger quantities of alcohol, have been very active or experiencing excessive nocturnal tiredness.

Sometimes this does happen subconsciously and tends to settle over time.  Just persevere and try to replace the mask and start therapy again when you realise it is off. This may also indicate that your CPAP pressure is not enough or your mask has a problem, such as discomfort or leaking.  Please contact your CPAP therapist for a review to assess your mask and therapy.

Since the nose is the most common point of entry when using CPAP, it is necessary to have a clear nose.  In the first couple of weeks of use you may experience some nasal congestion as an initial reaction to using CPAP and this may settle down itself.  Using a humidifier or adjusting the settings on your humidifier may help relieve nasal irritation. You may find dryness is relieved by the use of NOZOIL, a sesame seed oil nose spray or drops. A nasal decongestant spray or tablet may also help.  NOTE: that the over use of some nasal decongestants over a prolonged time can cause a blocked nose (this is called a ‘Rebound Effect’). Please talk to your GP or CPAP therapist if symptoms persist.

When wearing a CPAP mask, it is uncomfortable to open your mouth as the air will rush out – which causes a uni-directional flow and ‘noise’. You will find that you will automatically close your mouth when you sleep to eliminate the drying effect of this air passing through your mouth.  However, some people will and do find it difficult to maintain a closed mouth and would then require a CHINSTRAP to help train and maintain a closed mouth,  A Full Face Mask that covers the nose and mouth may be required.  Please discuss this with your CPAP Therapist to see which may be the best option for you.

Yes if it can be tolerated.  The use of the CPAP and Humidifier and a decongestant spray will help your congestion and getting a good night’s sleep will generally help you feel better. A cold will usually cause your OSA to be worse. The longer you do not use your CPAP may cause you symptoms to return.

Please do not hesitate to contact your CPAP therapist if you have any questions or concerns.