CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas. What can you do?

CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas are some of the common side effects of CPAP therapy.  The medical term for these side-effects is Aerophasia. Fortunately these issues can usually be managed with persistence and help from your CPAP therapy company.

If your stomach feels bloated or you burp a lot after using your CPAP, you may be swallowing excess air during your sleep. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of getting accustomed to relaxed, regular breathing with your CPAP. This is especially true if you are new to CPAP therapy.

Other times CPAP side effects Bloating, Burping and Gas are related to breathing through your mouth while using a full-face CPAP mask. If you are using a full face mask and feel that mouth breathing might be the issue, try a nasal mask or nasal pillows mask with an accompanying chin strap to keep your mouth closed while sleeping. We cover strategies for reducing or eliminating mouth breathing extensively on our Troubleshooting Guide – Dry Mouth page available to CPAP TotalCare members within their account. 

It’s also a good idea to have your pressure setting checked. If you can get effective therapy at a lower pressure, it might help reduce CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas. If you want help checking and adjusting our settings, you can work directly with one of our CPAP therapists who will analyze your therapy reports and work with your physician to modify your prescription.

Another simple way to reduce or eliminate aerophasia is to use an extra pillow to elevate your head. By lifting your head, you are putting a ‘bend’ in your airway which helps reduce or eliminate the amount of air that gets through your airway and into your stomach.

In any case, CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas can usually be eliminated once the cause is addressed. If the problem persists, or is accompanied by ear discomfort, inform your doctor.

Tips & Notes Related to CPAP Side Effects Bloating, Burping and Gas

  • Bloating and burping are common CPAP side effects caused by swallowing excess air during sleep
  • Often goes away for new CPAP users after getting accustomed to therapy
  • Check CPAP pressure and adjust if necessary
  • May be related to mouth-breathing while wearing a full-face mask – try a nasal mask with chin strap
  • Use an extra pillow to position your head higher and put a ‘bend’ in your airway

CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas.  What can you do?

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4 thoughts on “CPAP side effects bloating, burping and gas. What can you do?

  1. I was doing fine with my CPAP for a year now and all of a sudden I am getting severe stomach pains and incredible gas. The machine he is set for the lowest pressure setting! Very disturbing.

    1. HI Ray, sorry for the late reply. If you are still having issues, we have a professional sleep & CPAP coach on staff who can help you. Just create an account and answer the questions to get started.

  2. I’ve been using my CPAP for about 3 yrs..but that was off and on because I just couldn’t get used to it. Now I’ve been using it faithfully for the past 2 months..but have been really gassy! I tape my mouth sometimes so I don’t get air or dry throat. It is set at 17 & leaks alot, so it keeps me up at night..feeling tired all the time. What can I do?

    1. Hi Debbie. You may or may not need to have your machine set at 17, it depends on a lot of factors. But that is a very high pressure. The first thing you will want to do is to have a CPAP therapist take a look at your data and settings. If you can function well on a lower pressure, it should resolve many of your issues.
      We are happy to help. If you would like to speak with one of our therapists, just create an account by clicking ‘Join’ in the menu then ‘CPAP Users’

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