Waking up with a feeling from CPAP choking gasping for air is a very common experience. Getting acclimated to CPAP therapy is a process that takes time and persistence. During the evening before bed take your CPAP mask and machine into the living room and use your CPAP while awake and watching a favorite television show. Do this for 30 to 60 minutes allowing your mind and body to get used to the mask and the feeling of air flowing.
By using your CPAP while you are awake, you send a message to your body that tells it that you’re chosing to use this therapy and that it’s okay and safe. Remind yourself that CPAP is keeping your airway open all night so that you can breathe and sleep normally. Before CPAP you were awaking out of sleep many times per night without knowing it because your airway was closing over and over again. Soon you will find that you no longer have a feeling while you use your CPAP of choking gasping for air.
Also do relaxation or meditation exercises. Consider getting a good audio recording for sleep and relaxation. Over time anxiety will lessen and you’ll be able to get sleep that’s better than you’ve had in years.
- A common experience that goes away as you acclimate to therapy
- Try using your CPAP while awake and watching TV
- Work your way up to 30-60 minutes
- Focus on relaxing during theray, Give it time, and stay positive
The TotalCare Sleep Apnea disease management program is available free to any CPAP user and supported by qualified, professional, CPAP therapists. If you want help getting better sleep and better CPAP therapy, click here to create your free account, complete an interactive CPAP therapy checkup, and to give us some details about your CPAP equipment.