Yes. CPAP can assist you in taking off extra weight. CPAP promotes good, consistant sleep during which the body produces more leptin, which is an appetite suppressant. CPAP also, of course, reduces the anxiety and cortisol production associated with sleep apnea. And the increased energy you get from better sleep helps you to be more active and enjoy your increasingly good health.
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?
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
A nasal pillows mask can tend to be unstable, but many people like the comfort and minimal design of nasal pillows masks. If you like your mask, the first thing to do is to replace the cushions, and headgear — maybe even the whole mask. They may not appear to be worn, but on average nasal pillows mask cushions may need to be replaced as often as once per month in order to maintain optimal performance. Remember that there are many models and styles of masks. You may want to try a few different styles to see what’s best for you.
CPAP therapy has some maintenance and equipment replacement but it’s much less intensive than the therapies for diabetes and other common diseases. CPAP therapy is also a natural therapy that doesn’t involve drugs and multiple side effects. Be patient, as time goes by this therapy gets easier and has a very positive effect on many aspects of your health.
A bloody nose during CPAP use is a common problem, especially in the beginning of CPAP therapy. If you have a heated humidifier, try adjusting the level of humidity to make sure you are getting maximum humidity without creating condensation in your tubing or CPAP Mask. You might also try using a nasal saline spray or a ‘neti pot’ before bedtime to moisten your nasal airway. To maximize humidity in your airway without causing ‘rainout’ in your tube, upgrade to a heated tube. Talk to your doctor if you continue to experience a bloody nose during CPAP use.
Making sure your machine is delivering an appropriate level of pressure is also important in keeping inflammation and congestion to a minimum. If you use an auto adjusting CPAP, and it’s settings are correct your pressure is automatically optimized. If you use a standard CPAP have your CPAP data analyzed and your pressure checked by a professional to at least once per year and also when you have pressure-related problems (such as an unresolved bloody nose during CPAP use).