CPAP Choking Gasping

CPAP choking gasping: How do I keep from waking during CPAP gasping for air?

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.


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Nasal Pillows Mask Stability

Is there a way to keep my nasal pillows mask more secure?

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.

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