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Fall in Love Again (with Your CPAP) – 5 Tips From Your Sleep Doc

Fall in Love Again (with Your CPAP) – 5 Tips From Your Sleep Doc Most patients love their CPAP, but a few really hate it. They do not like the fact that they have to strap themselves to this cumbersome gadget every night. They do not perceive the benefits of CPAP use. They hate the […]

​“The Air Leak Irritates My Eyes.” #CPAP #AirLeak

​“The Air Leak Irritates My Eyes.” #CPAP #AirLeak Today in our clinic, a sleep apnea patient in his 40s, a welder, complained that he wakes up with red eyes because of the air leaking into his eyes. The commonest cause of this is a poorly fitting nasal mask. If the mask is too big and reaches […]

Can’t Use CPAP Because of Dust Allergies? Try These.

Can’t Use CPAP Because of Dust Allergies? Try These. Dust allergy can cause nasal congestion, drainage, irritation, itching, and the blockage. This, according to several studies, is one of the common causes of discontinuation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. Dust mites are ubiquitous in regions with high humidity. Mites need moisture and human […]

Will CPAP’s Noise Keep My Spouse Awake?

Will CPAP’s Noise Keep My Spouse Awake? “My spouse already has sleep difficulties, Will my CPAP machine make her insomnia worse?” I reassure such patients that all the new models of CPAP devices are almost silent producing only 24 to 29 decibels. How loud is 29 decibels? Here is a list of common noises and […]

7 Tips to Eliminate Dry Mouth during CPAP Use

7 Tips to Eliminate Dry Mouth during CPAP Use My patients often complain that the CPAP is making their mouth dry, sometimes to a severe degree such that they can not keep the CPAP on all-night long. These are the suggestions I have given to them over last 20 years of my practice. 1. Treat nasal […]

Why do I Pull Off my CPAP Mask in Sleep?

Why do I Pull Off my CPAP Mask in Sleep? “Doc, I put the CPAP mask on every night, but wake up with the mask on the bed. I don’t remember pulling it off,” frustrated patients often share with me. In my experience, nasal obstruction is the commonest cause of such occurrences. Studies have indeed […]

CPAP Mask is Irritating my Skin!

CPAP Mask is Irritating my Skin! I recently saw a young lady with red, irritated skin around the nose and mouth, where the CPAP (Continuous Pressure Airway Pressure) mask comes in contact with the face. Such irritation commonly occurs in patients with sensitive skin, environmental allergy, excessive sweating, and higher pressure requirement. This can be […]