- Start by using your PAP during the day for short periods while watching TV or reading.
- Make PAP part of your bedtime routine by using it every night and at every nap. Your body will take more time to adjust and you will lose health benefits if it is used less often. Join a support group or have someone you trust hold you accountable if you are having trouble remembering to use it every night.
- You can make small adjustments to your mask, tubing, straps, and headgear to get the right fit and make it more comfortable. You may need a different mask or headgear if the adjustments do not affect the comfort. There are also bed pillows shaped for PAP masks and hoses.
- The “ramp” mode on your PAP unit can be used to slowly increase the pressure to the proper level if the pressures feels too high. It will start on a low pressure and gradually increase over time, which means you should be able to fall asleep while your device is on a lower setting.
- Try using a saline nasal spray for mild nasal congestion if it is creating problems with your PAP treatment.
- A nasal decongestant may help if you have severe nasal or sinus congestion.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (sleepeducation.org)