Yes ‘CPAP Dreams’ are a normal and common ‘side effect’ of CPAP therapy. Quite often, untreated OSA disrupts sleep so severely that the dream stage is constantly interrupted or never reached at all. When the OSA is suddenly eliminated by CPAP, dreams will often be more intense , memorable, and frequent as sleep is restored. CPAP dreams may occupy much of your sleep time for the first week or so. After that, the dreams will taper off toward the levels seen in normal, healthy adults.
Tips and Notes Related to CPAP Dreams
- ‘CPAP dreams’ are a normal and common side effect
- Untreated OSA disrupts sleep constantly interrupting the REM sleep stage
- When OSA is eliminated by CPAP, dreams will become intense, memorable, and frequent
- These dreams will eventually taper off and you will dream like a normal healthy adult
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