CPAP Therapy

Is Your CPAP Pressure Too High? How to Tell and How to Fix It

Step one to getting accustomed to your CPAP therapy is finding the air pressure level that is just right for you.

However, don’t get discouraged—it can take time and adjustments to get your CPAP pressure settings right for you. Let’s face it—there is no one-size-fits-all pressure setting. You want a pressure level that is comfortable and also consistent. By finding your ideal CPAP pressure, you can ensure that you are using your CPAP therapy in a way that is comfortable, safe, and effective while also preventing any pesky side effects.

What Is the Average Pressure for Treating Sleep Apnea?

The average pressure for treating sleep apnea is 10 cm/H2O. Average pressure levels for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea range from 6 to 15 cm/H2O. If you require higher pressures, you would then use a high-pressure CPAP mask. Others will find that their treatment is more effective and comfortable at lower levels of pressure. Your pressure levels are customized to fit your CPAP therapy needs. The pressure that is most comfortable for you is what’s most important!

If determining pressure levels is a new concept to you, you’re not alone! The pressure settings on your CPAP machine are measured in centimeters of water pressure. For instance, if the pressure is set at 10 cm/H2O, then the pressure is the same as if you were drinking water through a 10-centimeter straw. The highest pressure available on your CPAP machine will depend on the model you own. In most cases, CPAP pressure settings max out at 20 to 25 cm/H2O. However, this rating is too high for most people.

How to Tell if Your CPAP Pressure Needs Adjusting

Is your therapy feeling uncomfortable? Are you still tired after a night of getting your recommended amount of sleep? Do you feel as if your sleep was of poor quality? Are you starting to feel sick after not enough quality sleep?

These are all great questions to consider when wondering if your CPAP pressure is too high. Feeling uncomfortable due to the pressure may be a sign that you need to titrate your treatment up or down. It is natural to be concerned about if you are using your machine at the right pressure level. Pay careful attention to how you feel during treatment, throughout the night, and the day after to gauge whether you are using the right level of pressure for you.

Now, are you wondering what factors help to determine your proper pressure level? Many people think that the amount of pressure needed is directly correlated to the severity of your sleep apnea, but that is not always the case. Your age, weight, overall health, and more can help to figure out your correct pressure. However, only through the act of testing different pressure levels can you determine the best level for you. Additionally, that level may change over time. Pay attention to your AHIs, side effects, and sleep quality to determine whether you are at the right level of treatment, receiving too much pressure, or if you are not getting enough pressure.

How Do I Adjust My CPAP Pressure?

ResMed CPAP BatteryIt is not advisable for individuals to adjust CPAP pressure themselves. When you first start using CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, your doctor will have you go through a process known as titration to arrive at the proper pressure prescription for you. This means that you will test out different CPAP pressure levels until your ideal therapeutic level is reached. If you are having trouble with your pressure levels, you can ask your doctor to order a new titration study to evaluate the right level of pressure for you.

Another option to discuss with your doctor is switching to an auto-adjusting CPAP machine (APAP). APAPs automatically adjust your pressure throughout your therapy, which greatly reduces the chances of having a pressure that is too high and interfering with your therapy quality. If you’re ready to make the switch to an APAP machine, take a look at the ones our customers are loving!

What Are the Side Effects of Your CPAP Pressure Being Too High?

Getting a level of pressure that is enough to hold your airway open in a safe manner is essential. What happens if your CPAP setting is too high? If your CPAP pressure is too high, your symptoms and side effects can include:

  • Uncomfortable CPAP Therapy
  • Significant Air Leaks From Your Mask
  • Dry Mouth and Throat, Even When You Are Using Heated Humidification
  • Swallowing Air
  • An Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) Above the Normal Five Events per Hour
  • Feeling Tired or Fatigued During the Day

Additionally, some experts worry that setting your CPAP pressure too high can lead to pressure-induced Central Sleep Apnea. In contrast to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is caused by your airways being blocked, Central Sleep Apnea is the result of breathing signals failing to be sent from your brain.

What CPAP Masks Are Best for High Pressures?

Top Points about the Amara ViewMask choice is extremely personal and varies from person to person. One that works well for you may be a poor fit for your best friend or spouse. If you have gone through a titration study and arrived at a higher than normal pressure, talk to your doctor about the right high-pressure CPAP mask for you. You can choose between a range of models and features that can help you breathe comfortably through the night.

 

138 Comments

  1. Frederick Wilhelm Reply

    My pressure at 12 is much too high. The mask leaks no matter how tight the straps. I had my tests done with an online assessment, so I don’t have a local doctor to have the pressure adjusted.
    My solution was to slightly enlarge the diffuser holes until the mask didn’t leak. That did the trick. Wife says I sleep with steady breathing, and I am at last sleeping straight through.

    • Hey Frederick, I am happy to hear that you came up with a solution to your leak issue. If you need assistance with adjusting your pressure, we will be happy to help you. Feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a great week!

      • Michael Moore Reply

        How long before I start getting a good night sleep my Cpap machine?

        • Hi Michael, every person is different. Some patients become acclimated to their therapy within 4-6 weeks and others it can take 4-6 months, sometimes even longer. The most important thing is to make certain that you have a good mask fit (no leaks, comfortable, the correct mask type).

          If you are having some trouble with your therapy, please be sure to make your doctor aware of your concerns. Also, we welcome you to contact us directly at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com and we will share with you any tips/suggestions we have for your issues.

          We wish you the best!

      • Nithyananthan Shanmugam Reply

        Hi,

        I have been using BIPAP for an year, i am 35 my initial pressure was high to 25, now i am in 20.. I got vision problems, feeling very dry and fatigue all day, though my AHI shows less than 5, i feel i am not stable and has a feeling of shaking. When i see the lights those are brighter and not crisp, checked with eye specialist and they said its because of dryness rest my eyes are fine. Unable to find whats the issue. i was absolutely fine before using this only concern was snoring, now everything become a problem… What to do please help. ENT doctor suggested be for a nose surgery will that help?

        • Hi Nithyananthan, i’m sorry you’re having a tough time with your therapy. Have you checked your leak rate under your therapy data? What type of mask are you currently using? If not a full face, you may try switching to one, as the dryness could be caused from your mouth falling open during the night. This could explain your feeling of fatigue as well, because if you have a leak, you aren’t receiving the therapy you need.

          I would recommend you speaking with your sleep therapist/doctor regarding the symptoms you are having for further guidance.

          In some cases, which are determined by your doctor, you may benefit from surgery.

          Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail: cpap@cpap.com, with further questions, or concerns.

          We wish you the best!

    • David Hamilton-Grey Reply

      I’ve been using my machine for 2 weeks now and it’s amazing. Full face mask. Starting pressure was 4 but now 8 and auto ramps to 20. I sleep like a baby and I only have….. .5 – 5.5 events per hour instead of the 17 I was having during the study. My machine is on the top bunk of bed in a box on a level surface to minimise noise. It’s a very noisy machine when it gets going. I had it next to my pillow but that was for 1 night, never again. I will eventually drill a hole through the wall and have the machine in another room. Very happy with result and I feel fantastic through the day. No more falling asleep in the day. I feel refreshed and the Mrs is very happy that I no longer snore

      • David,
        Years ago I had a Resmed 7 and oh heck yes it was a noisy bugger just like you describe, and about 6 months ago my sister’s insurance carrier bought her the 10, and while I dont have first hand knowledge, she has told me on the phone that it’s pretty loud too. My provider went with the Phillips Resperonics Dreamstation Auto, and I ABOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! It sits maybe a foot from my head when I sleep and is so quiet sometimes I have to check that I actually turned it on… basically the CPAP version of an electric car. If the sound gets to be too bothersome that it affects your sleep, you may want to consider.

    • ResMed 10 with Basel mask working great for 2 years but recently when I breath in through my hose the machine makes a sucking/Erving noise throughout my I breath – very unsettling – no apparent leaks – is the motor giving you or somit

      • Hey Rod, I’m sorry to hear that your having noise concerns with your CPAP therapy. Have you confirmed with your therapy data that there aren’t any leaks? How long has it been since you changed the cushion on your mask? If longer than 3 months, please change the cushion, the entire mask should be changed every 6 months.

        Also, if your machine uses a disposable filter, it should be changed every 30 days. Be sure your filter is clean and properly installed. If you recently changed your supplies, but are still experiencing noise problems with your therapy, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 for over the phone troubleshooting.

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        We wish you the best!

    • Clyde klingman Reply

      I also have no sleep doctor but I have discovered that I alternate resmed f 30 mask with Amara view full face mask with chin strap .pressure Is very comfy at 8.4 … as I had no help I just really basically started to learn how to Put on the mask and a find the right pressure and I am in and out of sleep sometimes I dream that I’m awake but the fact that I don’t remember and then I’m comfortable I think I’m getting at least 45 hours sleep and it’s getting better last night I made a mistake about taking vitamin D too late which actually keeps you from producing melatonin but I still slept deep sleep. I couldn’t stay awake I went to bed at 9:15 I’m certain I fell asleep in 20-25 Minutes.. I meant 4 or 5 hours .but I couldn’t go back to sleep after the first three hours last night so I won’t be making that mistake again because I have noticed it just before IUsually get up at six apparently I’m falling asleep and waking up at 6:45 which is fine with me. I’m going to ask my primary doctor to send me to a pulmonary and perhaps he will help me unless I can get help here I see you’re offering people help with the phone number . How does that work because the DME Is afraid of a lawsuit and my doctor thinks the factory settings 4-20 Is my prescription that I have to stay on for the rest of my life so I’d appreciate knowing how I go about getting your help

    • Which holes are the “diffuser holes”? Do you mean the nose holes? If so I did the same and no help.

    • Hi Susan, congrats on your new CPAP machine. You should always consult with a doctor as to what your settings should be on your machine. If you have your settings, we would be more than happy to assist you.

      Please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 and we should be able to help you.

      Have a great day!

    • I got a cepap machine 8 years ago. It’s never been checked. I don5 know if it’s set right

      • Hey Eddie, have you spoken with your doctor regarding the settings on your machine? Did you have a sleep study? If you know what your settings should be, we’d be happy to assist you over the phone to confirm that your machine is set properly.

        Please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, with your machine next to you.

        We wish you the best!

  2. Pressure at 10 and 14 on resumed auto 10. Continue to have high leaking should pressure be adjusted down if mask and frame gave been changed? Am using dreamwear mask thanks much

    • Hi David, I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with a high leak rate. You shouldn’t have to adjust your pressure to avoid leaks. Have you confirmed if maybe you have a leak from your hose? Also, please make certain that you are using the correct size cushion. If you continue to receive a high leak rate, I would recommend, you maybe try using a different mask, if possible.

      If you would like us to try troubleshooting the issue over the phone, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We wish you the best!

  3. Kathy Koenig Reply

    My husband has been using a CPAP mask for approximately 5 years. From time to time I hear his mask making noises that wake me up. Lately, the noises seem to come more frequently–usually two to three times a night. Over the years I’ve heard a trombone, a motorcycle, a trumpet and even a calliope sleeping next to me. My husband wears hearing aids, which are, of course, removed at night so he doesn’t hear what I am hearing. I do catch him sleeping on his stomach and lying on the hose which causes noises. Other times, he is lying on his back when I hear them. Sleeping on his side seems to minimize them–sometimes. I’m at wit’s end having my sleep disturbed and I’m searching for answers. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hey Kathy, Oh goodness, that is a symphony of sounds! – mask leaks happen for a few reasons – most commonly, its time to change the cushion – the oils in our faces deposit onto the cushion, which is a porous material, and over time, it becomes harder and harder to get and keep a seal – so if you notice that these leaks are happening more and more, my first suggestion would be to replace the cushion – cushions should be washed daily, and replaced every 3-6months. Second most common is mask fit – does your husband use a full face or a nasal mask? Is the sound coming from the mask itself not having a good seal, or is it air escaping from his mouth (like his mouth falling open)?

      For questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Enjoy your day!

    • Kathy,

      I am a CPAP user and have been for over 6 years.

      My husband was having issues with my machine making noise and I found some Bose headphones that work great for him. They are specifically for sleeping. A little pricey but well worth it.

      Might be a great Christmas present for yourself.

      I hope this helps.

  4. I have the pillow mask and wonder exactly what is suppose to do. It lets air out and i have it covering my nostrils. Is it suppose to blow air up my nose or exactly what? My husband says air coming out is to high of pressure. When i have it on i can’t close my mouth or i have a hard time breathing. With my mouth slightly open it is ok, but then i get dry mouth and throat real bad. What are your recommendations?

    • Hi Katrina, I am sorry to hear that you are having some problems with your therapy. The nasal pillow mask does blow air in your nostrils. Since you feel like the pressure you are receiving is too high, I would recommend that you speak with your doctor for a lower pressure.

      Also, opening your mouth during therapy will definitely, result in dry mouth. You may consider switching to a full face, or a nasal mask instead of the pillow mask that you are currently using.

      If you would like to speak with us further regarding the problems you are having with your mask, pressure, or anything else, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  5. Patrisha Mai Reply

    Without a doctor’s order can you purchase the automatic adjusting cpap machine

    • Hi Patrisha, in order to purchase any CPAP/APAP machine, we will require a valid prescription per FDA guidelines. If you have an older prescription which is still valid, we can accept it, or we would be more than happy to submit a prescription request form to your doctor’s office on your behalf.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

      • Hi I was diagnosed in July with osa I was given my Cpap machine it was pressured at 14.2 and humidifier at 5 I have the mask replaced 4 times in September to get the correct size as it was leaking, I have the correct one now but the air is blowing out of the side of the mask and my partner said I’m still snoring, I still fall asleep during the day and feel fatigued.

        • Hi Heather, I’m sorry about the difficulties you’re having with your CPAP therapy. To begin, what is the name of the mask currently being used? It is possible that the air your partner is feeling is from the exhalation ports, but could be that there is still a mask leak. Have you confirmed what your leak rate is from your therapy data?

          I would encourage you to speak with your doctor about your snoring and fatigue feeling. This is an indication that your therapy isn’t working. In your case, it could mean your pressure need to be increased, but if you aren’t currently using a full face mask (mask covering your nose and mouth), you may need to switch to one.

          You may reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or via e-mail: cpap@cpap.com, with further questions, or concerns.

          Enjoy your day!

  6. I have had my current Cpap for 7 years and recently have not been happy with how I am feeling. My doctor has increased my pressure twice in the last 3 months ( 23 episodes 3 months ago and 9 today) When I asked for a new machine he would not prescribe a new machine. Is this reasonable? I am a 70 year old woman and am feeling terrible.
    Thanks

    • Hi Sherry, I am very sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well while using your CPAP Machine. What’s wrong? Do you feel like you are not getting enough pressure/too much pressure? If your doctor refuses to prescribe a new machine, it could be because they have an understanding of the data from your therapy, that shows your machine is helping you.

      I would recommend, that you continue speaking with your doctor to express your feelings and symptoms, this will ensure that you are receiving the best therapy possible. If you feel like you are not receiving the service you need from your doctor, it may help that you get a second opinion.

      Also, if you have questions, or concerns, want to go through some troubleshooting over the phone to see if it will help you get better sleep, we will be more than happy to assist you. You may call 800-356-5221.

      I hope you start feeling better, have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Dee Dee Gilbert Reply

    I just got my chap a week ago and have not slept longer then an hour at a time. I feel my pressure is too high. I wake up feeling like i have a shop vac on my nose. But my biggest concern is the shortness of breath I am now having all day long. I have been told by one person it’s not normal and another person it’s totally normal. No leaking issues. But just a sine note I have a nasal mask and I have never breathed through my nose. Have always been a mouth breather is this normal or not?

    • Hi Dee Dee, I am sorry that you haven’t been able to get any sleep with your CPAP machine. I have spoken with patients that feel like they are experiencing shortness of breath. Please speak with your doctor regarding the symptoms that you are having. Your doctor may feel that your pressure should be lowered.

      Since you are a mouth breather, the only way a nasal mask will be effective is if there is some way to be certain that your mouth is not falling open during the night. You should consider using the nasal mask in conjunction with a chin strap. I would recommend that you try using a full face mask also, as this will ensure that both your nose and mouth are covered.

      If you have further questions/concerns, or would like to speak with us regarding switching to a full face mask, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a wonderful day!

  8. Marty Maggiora Reply

    I’ve been using a cpap for a year now with no relief. My Dr has it set 8 to 12. Just did another sleep study and no they want me to use a bicpap machine and the settings will be 21 to 25. Isn’t that high for people to use?. Thanks…Marty

    • Hi Marty, i’m sorry to hear that you haven’t had any relief with using your CPAP Therapy. Ordinarily, a pressure of 25/21 is considered high for most folks. However, with your doctor prescribing this pressure based upon a recent sleep study, it most likely means this is the pressure required for you to receive some relief.

      You definitely want to follow your doctor’s orders, but if you feel uncomfortable with the setting, this is something that I would encourage you to enter into a dialogue with your doctor about. I am sure he/she would be more than willing to explain the reasoning behind the high pressure setting. If you find that the prescribed setting doesn’t work for you, your doctor can easily lower the pressure setting.

      For further questions, or concerns, please fee free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  9. I am awaken at night from popping sounds. What should I do?

    • Hi Priscilla, I am sorry to hear about the noise that you are experiencing. Where is the popping sound coming from? (Machine, Mask, etc.)

      It’s really hard to answer your question without further information. Please feel free to contact our customer service department for over the phone troubleshooting at: 1-800-356-5221.

      • Last couple of nights I also experienced a pop type noise. My heated hose had a lot of water in it and my night stand was reined by a water leak. I am spending the morning trying to salvage my night stand as it was covered in water.
        I

        • Hi Karla, i’m very sorry for the delayed response. I hope the water leak didn’t cause permanent damage to your nightstand.

          It sounds like you’re experiencing Rainout, which is the accumulation of water in the hose. Please make sure your machine is lower than your mask, you may try changing the settings on your humidifier, if you live in a warm or very humid climate, you may not need a high temperature setting. Also try adjusting the temperature in your room, if your room is really cold at night, you’re more likely to see condensation in your tubing.

          Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

          We wish you the best!

  10. I’ve only been on the Cpap for a month and the first few nights I had it I woke up feeling great. Now I’m noticing constant leaking from where the hose connects to the face mask ( I use a dreamwear nose mask) and I wake up with a headache and groggy again. I’ve done the pressure test on the machine and it says the pressure delivered is fine. I don’t know if the pressure is too high or not high enough. It’s set at 12.

    • Hi Elysia, i’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with your CPAP Therapy. Have you tried any other masks? It could be that the DreamWear Nasal, is not the mask for you. We would be more than happy to go over some troubleshooting steps with you over the phone and, or assist you with selecting a different mask that may be a better fit for you.

      Also, I would recommend that you speak with your doctor, or sleep specialist about the way you are feeling. Your doctor, may make a decision to adjust the settings on your machine to a level which is more ideal for you.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com with any questions, or concerns.

      We wish you the best!

  11. Having such difficulty trying to figure out how to get more than 3 hours out of the humidity…the setting is 5-6 . I have tried setting it lower but then I’m drier

    • Hi James, my apologies for the delayed response. Sorry to hear that you are not able to get more than 3 hours of moisture. What type of mask are you using? If you are using a Nasal, or Nasal Pillow Mask, I would recommend you switch to a Full Face Mask, or start using a Chinstrap. If you are currently using a Full Face Mask, please make sure you are not experiencing any mask leaks.

      If you are already using a Full Face Mask and have confirmed that you have no mask leaks, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 for further assistance.

      We wish you the best!

  12. I’ve been using my cpap with a full face mask for a month now (I’m a mouth breather once I fall asleep). The couple of nights were great but every night since then I’ve been getting gas extremely bad, so bad that I can’t sleep through the night because I’m waking up in pain. I went to my doctor and she told me my stomach was distended and to stop therapy until It was re-calibrated so I had it re-calibrated (lowered) but now not only am I still waking up with gas but I’m experiencing the very symptoms which caused me to have the sleep studies done.in the first place (Extreme fatigue, dizziness, and vision problems). The original pressure setting did make those symptoms go away. I have no idea what to do. I literally can not function the next day when cpap isn’t being used because I can’t see straight & feel like I’m going to pass out and when I do use it my stomach gets distended. Please help

  13. I’m new to the cpap. I have high hopes for relief, but I have been waking up startled and can’t breathe. I panic and take the hose off and feel free to breathe again. Last night I was unable to resume. I had less than 3 hours with the system on. This is the 3rd episode. Really nervous to have it on again. 🙁

    • Hi Shelley, my apologies for the delayed response. I would be nervous if I felt like I couldn’t breathe as well! Keep in mind that it does take time to get use to your CPAP Therapy, so please hang in there!

      I would recommend that you speak with your doctor regarding your concerns, because it is possible that some of your settings need to be adjusted such as, your pressure may need to be increased.

      Please feel free to reach us at 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com for further questions, concerns.

      We wish you the best!

      • Ken McClintock Reply

        My older Resmed was set at 11 and had lots of air expanding my lungs and also exiting my nose pillows all the time. the new Resmed 10 has a lower noise and air exiting my nose pillows set at 12. I wake up and feel I need a higher air setting on the new machine. is this common

        • Hi Ken, my apologies for the delayed response. When you received your new machine, did you change your mask also? If so, this could explain why you felt you were receiving more air with the old machine, if the mask is old, you may receive excessive air. If you are still using the same mask with the new machine it could be that the old machine had worn out gaskets that provided the excessive air.

          I would recommend you review your therapy data to confirm if your AHI is greater than 5, if so you will definitely, need to speak with your doctor about possible setting changes. If your AHI is less than 5, please confirm if the ramp on your machine is enabled, if so, please disable it to confirm if that provides you with better treatment.

          For further questions, or concerns, please contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

          We wish you the best!

    • Yep — I’ve had this, I’m using an Autoset 10 and I find that the initial pressure was just too low. Doctor bumped up the minimum pressure and I’ve been fine since.

  14. Jim Shirley Reply

    My second clap machine is about 6 years old. I needed to replace the Velcro straps. Original supplier would not sell them to me so I bought from Amazon. The new one appeared identical but now I wake up about once an hour to the upper strap having slipped up on my head.

    • Hi Jim, i’m sorry to hear that you are having problems with your mask straps. It sounds like you may have the wrong size strap.

      Please either call us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com to provide us the name of your mask and we will be happy to assist you.

      Have a great weekend!

  15. I have had a clap for several years and no do not use all the time because of weight loss,.
    I have a new mask and hose and would like me wife to try it because she snores and seems like works to hard to breath. Can’t afford a sleep study. It is set from at 8. Would it be safe to le her try it.

    • Hi Paul, congratulations on your weight loss! I would definitely, suggest that your wife speaks with her doctor for medical guidance before she tries your machine. Also, if the doctor recommends she use your machine, without her having a sleep study, the best machine option would be an Auto-titrating machine. This machine will change to the pressure that she needs on a breath-to-breath basis.

      We wish your wife and yourself the best!

  16. I have been using a medium frame and medium pillow on a Dreamwear nasal pillow mask for the past 3 years. It has been set on a 14 for pressure most of this time period. Within the past 8 months, I’ve lost 50 plus pounds on purpose and now my mask is no longer fitting at 100%. It has recently been in the 80% or less range. Is this an issue with the size of the frame, the pillow size, or the pressure that is causing this issue? Should I contact my doctor regarding this issue?

    • Hey Wes, congratulations on your weight loss! Actually, the cause of your mask no longer fitting could be related to all that you mentioned. With you losing a significant amount of weight, you may need to be re-sized for a better fit. Also, yes, I would recommend you speaking with your doctor, to confirm if a setting change is warranted due to your weight loss.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com for further questions, or concerns.

      We wish you the best!

  17. Michael Howe Reply

    I believe my pressures on my rested are set too high because my mouth gets extremely dry at night. What can I do I have been to the VA twice and the local doctor twice to complain. I just can not use the machine and I have not used it for months. I have decided to give it another try. Can you help. Do you want copies of my tests ? Can you recommend a local Doctor who knows what they are doing and how to adjust the machine ? I do not want to use St. Francis Hospital

    • Hi Michael, please click the link to give you information regarding the dry mouth that you are experiencing.

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      We don’t have any doctor to refer you to, but if you would like assistance adjusting the settings on your machine, we recommend that you do so under the guidance of a doctor. After, you have consulted a doctor and confirmed your pressure should be adjusted, we can assist you over the phone with making the setting changes.

      If you would like help adjusting your settings, please feel free to contact us, with your machine next to you at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a great day!

  18. Just got clap machine last week , using f30 dreammaker mask ,I have been woken by extreme nose pain, not in the nose itself but the skin by my nostrils, I adjust mask but pain is severe that I need to remove mask for the night.

    • Hi Jeff, sorry about the pain that you’re experiencing. There is a possibility that the pain is in part due to the wrong size mask/cushion. If you are already using the medium size mask (largest size available), I would recommend you consider switching to a different mask, if you are currently using a small, try medium.

      You may also find some relief in a moisturizing cream. Please see the link below for a product that you may find interest in.

      https://www.cpap.com/productpage/CPAP-Moisture-Therapy-Cream-1-oz-Tube

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at; 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  19. I have been using a cpap for 7 years. In the last year I have started to drool. Should I be concerned?

    • Hi David, I have spoken with a few customers that have complained about having an issue with drooling while using their CPAP machine. Are you currently using a Humidifier with your machine? If so, you may try decreasing your humidity, if possible to see if this provides any relief.

      Also, what type of mask are you using? If not a full face, you may consider switching to one to see if that helps. No guarantee, but I have spoken to customers that make small changes and it helps to decrease, or in some cases stop the drooling.

      If you would like to speak with us further, please feel free to call: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great weekend!

  20. Hi …. just over the past several nights it seems as if my mask is leaking air badly …. it doesn’t seem to be from the seal but rather from where the hose attaches to the mask. That’s where the sound of moving air is much louder than normal. Visually inspecting it … I can find no physical cause yet the Airsense 10 shows a red mask indicating a leak. Again this is a new issue over the past week. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Jackson, i’m sorry to hear about the leak that you are experiencing. For starters, there is a test that you can do to determine if the leak is with your mask, or your hose. Please remove the mask from your hose, turn your machine on and cover the other end of the hose with your had tightly. Do you still hear the leak? If so there is most likely a hole, or tear in your hose. If not, the leak may be with your mask.

      Keep in mind that your mask cushion, should be changed every 3 months, it is recommended that you change your complete mask with headgear every 6 months and your hose should be changed every 6-12 months. Also, if you have lost, or gained significant weight recently, you may need to try a different size, or a different mask altogether.

      If you have changed your mask cushion, hose, and headgear according to the recommended replacement schedule and are still experiencing leaks, you may consider using a mask liner to see if that helps, or may want to try a different mask altogether.

      For further troubleshooting, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 with your mask and machine near you.

      We wish you the best!

  21. I wake up at least 4/7 nights with my mouth glued shut. It hurts to pull everything apart. It feels like it’s ripping the skin in my mouth/on my tongue. FAR WORSE (underlined, italicized and bold letters) than that is when I wake up several nights with my sinuses burning so bad it makes me cry. I’m not talking just the inside of my nose, throughout the sinuses in my face. Please advise!!!

    • Hi Lisa, i’m very sorry to hear about the dryness that you are experiencing. That sounds really uncomfortable! Usually, waking with dry mouth, is an indication that your mouth is falling open during the night.

      What type of mask are you using? If you aren’t using a full face mask, I would recommend you either switching to one, or you should use a Chinstrap, while sleeping as this will help keep your mouth closed.

      Also, are you using a Humidifier? If not, I would recommend you using one. Adding moisture with your therapy, may help reduce the extreme dryness that you are experiencing.

      Please be sure that you are following the recommended replacement schedule in the link below. If your supplies aren’t changed according to the recommended schedule, it may cause you to have mask leaks and in essence, cause you some discomfort.

      https://www.cpap.com/replace

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We hope these suggestions provides you with some dryness relief, and we wish you the best

      Have a great day!

  22. My husband will put on his mask most nights but after an hour, he will take the mask off. I’ve tried to figure what is bothering him but I don’t even think he realizes that he is ripping it off. The doctor says he needs to wear the mask at least 4 hours to get the most benefit which he seldom can do. He has an app on the phone.that gives him a score as to how effective the mask is. Fortunately he doesn’t have AHIs at all. However, when the mask is sealed and has no leaks, he seems to only keep it on for an hour at the most. When the mask leaks, he leaves it on longer. Could this mean that the pressure is too high ?

    • Hey Deb, i’m sorry to hear that your husband is having a difficult time keeping his mask on. There could be a few different causes for your husband removing his mask.

      For starters, yes, the pressure setting could be too high. This is something that he should speak with his doctor about to see if a medical decision could be made to lower his pressure. Also, if your husband isn’t comfortable with his mask, this can be the reason that he is removing his mask and often times unknowingly.

      Is your husband new to CPAP therapy? If so, it may take him some time to get used to wearing the mask and this is normal. Please see the link below which will allow you to read our cpaptalk.com blog to see what other CPAP users are saying about the same issue.

      http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t172955/I-keep-removing-my-mask-while-sleeping.html

      Your husband may benefit from switching masks, or even wearing a strap guard, which will make it more difficult for him to remove the mask during his sleep.

      If you would like to speak with us further, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Best wishes to you and your husband!

  23. Hi Carol, I have been using a CPAP for nearly 15 yrs. and it has improved my sleep and quality of life 1000%. Before asking my wife to take a sleep study, I would simply like her wife to try using mine to see if it possibility would help with her restless sleeping. My pressure is set at 7. She is somewhat reluctant for fear of it being harmful. Thanks for your thoughts.
    Byron

    • Hey Byron, congrats on your improved sleep and quality of life! I must agree with your wife Byron. It isn’t recommended that anyone uses/tries a CPAP machine without being under the direction of a medical provider.

      Even though, the pressure 7 isn’t generally considered a high setting, a doctor should make the decision on if its safe for your wife to try your machine.

      If you have further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at; 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Enjoy your day!

  24. Elkin Vanegas Reply

    Hi, I have used a cpap machine for 10 years and it had changed my life foe the better. The is question is that my wife snores and I let her try my machine and no more snoring! My concern , is there any effects or consequences if uses am inappropriate pressure (8 is the setting) she is using a brand new mask and tubing . Please help.

    • Hi Elkin, congratulations on your successful CPAP therapy! I would definitely, recommend your wife speaking with her doctor before using your CPAP machine at any pressure setting. If she receives too much pressure, there could be medical consequences, such as problems with her lungs, or other issues.

      If you would like to speak with us further, please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, e-mail: cpap@cpap.com.

      I wish you both the best, have a great day!

  25. I recently was switched to the ResMed Air Sense 10. I believe it is an automatic machine. It seems my chest is always sore and uncomfortable in the mornings after waking up. Is my pressure set too high? Thank You.

  26. Peter Franchi Reply

    I use a nasal mask. Shortly after using the machine air comes out my mouth. What can cause this promblem and can it be fixed?

    • Hi Peter, i’m sorry to hear that you’re having some problems with your CPAP therapy. Do you wake up with extremely dry mouth? If so, this is a clear indication that you are a mouth breather and you will need to use your nasal mask in conjunction with a chinstrap, or switch to a full face mask.

      Also, please confirm that you are using the correct size cushion, if not this will cause mask leaks as well. If you aren’t a mouth breather and you’ve been wearing your mask for a while and never experienced any issues until now, please consider changing your cushion. The mask cushion should be changed every 3 months and the entire mask should be changed every 6 months.

      For further questions, concerns, or troubleshooting, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We wish you the best!

  27. Parker Clinger Reply

    I have been on cpap machine for 5 years. My ears a so plugged up and I can’t hear. Is it the use of the machine. Ever sense I used it I have this problem.

    • Hi Parker, i’m sorry to hear about the problems with your ears. It is very likely. the Eustachian tubes will feel pressure if sinuses are draining or clogged from being dry.

      Keep in mind, that CPAP users that sleep on their back, are more likely to get sinus drainage into their ears.

      Please see the link to see what other users are saying on our cpaptalk.com blog about the symptoms you are having.

      http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t108543/Ears-feel-plugged-up.html

      Also, please speak with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We wish you the best!

  28. I am enjoying my auto adjusting CPAP – great sleep again. One issue – could the pressure affect my eyes? By using it on and off I noticed that my eye hand coordination is a bit off when I use it for 3 or more nights in a row.

    • Hi Bob, Congrats on getting some good sleep! Some folks have reported symptoms of Dry Eyes, but I don’t recall receiving any complaints about problems with eye hand coordination.

      Keep in mind that it does take some time to get acclimated to your CPAP therapy, but in your case, I would recommend you speaking with your doctor to receive medical advice.

      Please feel free to reach us with further questions, or concerns at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you continued success with your therapy, have a great weekend!

  29. Jack Haefner Reply

    I use a Resmed Mini when I travel. Since it is auto-adjusting, do you recommend that I use these figures (7-9) to titrate down my Redmed Elite 10 which is currently set at 14?

  30. I have had my machine for over a month now and from the get go I would have so much gas and I would hurt between my shoulder blades when I woke up. They told me it was just a matter of getting use to it, but the gas has gotten so bad and I feel sick to my stomach all day long, and I still have the hurting between the shoulder blades when I wake up.

    • Hi Pat, i’m very sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with your CPAP therapy. It sounds like you are experiencing Aerophagia, swallowing too much air.

      I would encourage you to speak with your doctor about your feelings as you may require a pressure adjustment. Please see the link below for other possible solutions to the condition that you are experiencing.

      https://www.cpap.com/cpap-faq/Common-Side-Effects#aerophagia

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  31. I tested as having “severe” sleep apnea recently, got a C-PAP device and started therapy without knowing much about the condition or solution. I was disappointed to find that the therapy was so uncomfortable and sleep disruptive during the night that I could not get past a few hours without taking the mask off. My test results were 39.8 and my device was set to start at 4 and ramp to 40. The wind and resulting leakage generated by the machine felt like a hurricane once the ramp started. After doing some research and reading your blog, I decided that there was no option but to “do this”. So here’s what I did: I washed my face and shaved before bed so the itching and beard stubble discomfort would go away; I I cinched-up my “pillow” face mask straps so that they were tight, not painful but initially quite uncomfortable; I found the the mask discomfort eased through time, I made sure that there were no leaks before and after laying down; I layed slightly on my side (not sure if that helped or not). To my surprise, I only woke up once to go to the bathroom, not because of the machine discomfort and noise. I did find that I had to tighten one side of the mask a bit more when I came back to bed because of some minor leakage. Otherwise, I got nine hours of uninterrupted sleep! This is only one night, but I’m excited about and hopeful of what happens tonight.

    • Hey Tom, that is wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that you made the decision to stick with your therapy. Hopefully, you will have many more great nights of sleep. Thank you for sharing your process and experience with us.

      We wish you continued success!

  32. I’ ve had my cpap( AirSense 10- ResMed) for about 2yrs. The first 5 months , we the best sleep ever.
    However, about the 6th month, I would wake up nd my mask would be off. Periodically my wife will wake me and to our my mask back on.
    Can someone help me understand why I take my mask of during my sleep?

    Haven’t had a good night’s rest since first 5 months. ( Full mask)

    Thank you
    AC

    • Hi AC in most cases, removing your mask during your sleep is because of discomfort. Have you changed your mask cushion within the last 3 months and your entire mask within the last 6 months? If not, please do, as this may provide you with comfort and in essence, keep you from removing the mask during the night.

      Please see the link below with other information/suggestions regarding removing your mask while sleeping.

      https://www.cpap.com/blog/cpap-mask-removed-causes-solutions/

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  33. Gilbert Neal Reply

    Hi. I have been doing CPAP for 1.5 months. Why am i tired all day? My resmed score is always 100 or 99. What is the most likely cause for my sleepiness?

  34. Sheri Weiss Reply

    I have the pillows cpap.
    I saw my doctor a few weeks ago, and have generally gotten scores in the high 90s on the machine, and he says I am doing very well. The ramp runs at about 6-7 he said. On occasion the machine gets wonky and starts pushing way too much air at me. Last night I checked and the ramp was way up at 16.7??? Why would this happen? I had to take it off for a while, and let it slow down. I couldn’t breathe with it like that

    • Hi Sheri, i’m sorry to hear that you are having some problems with your CPAP pressure randomly increasing. It sounds like your machine may be increasing the pressure to compensate for a leak.

      How long has it been since you changed your mask? It is recommended that you change your mask cushion every 3 months and your entire mask every 6 months. Also, your hose should be changed at least every 12 months. If you haven’t changed your supplies within the recommended time, please do.

      When you change positions during your sleep, the mask can sometimes move and cause leaks to occur as well. Have you reviewed your sleep therapy data to see what your leak rate is? If not please do so.

      If you have further questions, or concerns, or would like to do some over the phone troubleshooting, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

    • Hey Mary, there really isn’t necessarily, a best mask for women, since each person has a different comfort level and the shape of our face is different. I can however, list some of the most popular masks. Please see the links below of a few different masks. I personally like the AirFit N20 because it is easy to fit, minimum leaks and it is quiet.

      https://www.cpap.com/compare-chart/nasal-cpap-mask/2mmw

      https://www.cpap.com/compare-chart/nasal-pillow-cpap-mask/2mmx

      Please keep in mind that all of our masks are sold with free 30 day returns, but a prescription is required. If you purchase and try one of the masks, don’t like it, you may simply return the mask for a refund, or a different mask.

      If you would like assistance narrowing down your mask options further, please give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221, and ask for Carol.

      I hope this helps, have a great day!

  35. Sylvia Tanner Reply

    The walls of my nose bleed since I started using my cpap, is there anything I can do for that? I’m using the humidifier with my CPAP.

    • Hi Sylvia, i’m sorry to hear about your nose bleeding. Please make certain that you aren’t experiencing any mask leaks, as this could cause your machine to blow more air than it should and cause more dryness.

      Please see the link below to view a product that may help with the dryness and in essence could reduce the bleeding. Also please be sure to speak with your doctor, if the symptoms persists.

      https://www.cpap.com/productpage/neilmed-nasogel-tube

      For further question, or concerns, please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Enjoy your day!

  36. Nwaozuzu Kelechi Reply

    Got my CPACP pressure set at 11 by my doctor but i feel its too low cos my report indicates about 79 incidences per hour do i need to tune up my doctor is in the US and i leave in Nigeria i no longer veiw the reports as its not available in Nigeria

    • Hi Nwaozuzu, you may very well need to adjust the settings on your machine, but before adjusting your pressure setting, you must speak with your doctor. Are you able to reach out to your doctor via phone, or e-mail? Another option, would be for you to switch to a machine with an option for auto mode, which means your machine is set to a high pressure and a low pressure and the pressure changes to what you need on a breath by breath basis.

      If you are provided a different pressure setting by your doctor, you may then contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, or via e-mail at: cpap@cpap.com, and we can assist you with making the adjustment.

      We wish you the best!

  37. Had my sleep study and I have had a cpap machine for about a year and a half. It was suggested I do 9 pressure, full face mask. Problem is its very uncomfortable, so I let the machine sit for a long time. I recently Had surgery and I was told that I should go back to it. So I went and got a nose piece to break myself in, thinking it would help. Pressure is too high for a nose piece, it forces my mouth open and is I have dry mouth. So I am back to square one, unless I can adjust the machine. Please help me lower the pressure so I can hopefully get back into the swing of things. Thank you.

    • Hi Richard, I’m glad to hear you’re giving your CPAP therapy another try! Please be sure to speak with your doctor before making a decision to adjust the pressure setting on your machine. Once you spoken with your doctor, you may give us a call and we will be happy to assist you over the phone.

      Also, with you trying a nasal mask, you may need to use a Chinstrap to help keep your mouth closed during the night. Alternatively, finding a good, comfortable full face mask, may be a better option for you.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  38. Barb Woodrow Reply

    Mild obstruction Have CPAP manually set at 3 and 77. Ramp is on auto. I have the pillow mask. I am comfortable in the beginning but after 2 or 3 hours there is too much air coming out and I have dry mouth. Should I have a manual for the ramp setting?

    • Hey Barb,

      I am assuming, you meant your pressure is set to auto with pressure 3-7, not 77, which isn’t a high setting at all. It sounds like you may have a mask/hose leak, which is causing your machine to blow a lot of air to compensate for the leak. Please confirm what your leak rate is from your therapy data. Also, please make sure you’re using the correct size pillow cushion.

      Are you currently using a humidifier with your therapy? If not, you may benefit from adding one, as this will add moisture with your therapy. Keep in mind dry mouth, is an indication that your mouth is falling open during your sleep.

      If you are a mouth breather, you would need to use a full face mask, or you can use your nasal pillow mask, in conjunction with a chinstrap, as this will help with some of the dryness.

      You are able to adjust your ramp setting, which should be under the comfort settings of your machine. If you need assistance with making the adjustment, you may give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221, with your machine next to you, or you may confirm which machine you have and we’ll be happy to send you the user manual, if it is available.

      Best Wishes!

  39. I have been using a Resmed S9 for 15 years without difficulty. In that time it has been reduced in pressure as I change the mask style. I now have a series 20 mask set at 12.
    Everything has worked fine until tonight and I am unable to fit the mask as the air pressure is massive and is effecting my breathing and ears which appear to be ready to blow out.
    I am quite incapable of wearing the mask for 3 or 4 seconds as massive pumps of air are present.
    Of course it is Friday night here in Australia and nothing will be available until Monday by way of repairs or air adjustment,.
    Any ideas as to there problem. Guess I will have to wait for expert air adjustment or urgent repairs of the S9

    • Hi Tom, i’m sorry for the delayed response. It sounds like you may be experiencing a mask leak which is causing your machine to blow more air to compensate for the leak. Please try removing your mask from your hose and cover the end of the hose with your hand really tight with the machine on. Is your machine still blowing excessive air? If not, you have a mask leak. If your machine is still blowing an excessive amount of air, please remove the hose from your machine and cover the end of the machine real tight with your hand to see if the issue of too much air is still present. If not, you most likely have a leak in your hose. If so, the issue is most likely your machine.

      If you are interested in going through some troubleshooting over the phone, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  40. My husband has a full beard and ponytail. He has to sleep on his back due to back surgery. The chinstrap material seems to cause his chin to itch. The velcro gets caught in his hair. Are there alternative chinstraps without velcro, perhaps made of a different material? I can look online, but wondered about your suggestions? Thank you.

    • Hi Nancy, my apologies, but I have confirmed that all of the Chinstraps, we stock have velcro. In your husband’s case, he may consider switching to a full face mask.

      If you would like assistance in selecting a mask that best fits your husbands needs, or any other concerns, please give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  41. Carol Smith Reply

    I use the nose pillow mask and find the pressures keeps my mouth closed. I have to forcibly open my mouth against the air pressures. Is this normal? PA love the CPAP.

    • Hi Carol, your mouth isn’t suppose to open during your CPAP therapy, if using the nasal pillow and your mouth opens, you wouldn’t be receiving the needed therapy, the received air would exit through your mouth. Do you have a high pressure setting? If you are a mouth-breather, you may consider switching to a full face mask as this will allow you to breath through your nose, or mouth.

      Also, if you feel like your pressure is too high, please be sure to speak with your doctor, as a pressure setting adjustment may be warranted.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  42. Hi, ive had my phillips dreamstation machine now for a few months, im using a phillips nasal mask and my pressure settings on my cpap are on 11. Humidifier on 4 and hose heat on 3. My AHI is currently around 6.7 and Im getting unsettled sleeps. Having leaks, dry mouth and throat at times. I was my mask every night and change my filters every month. My partner says im still snoring through my mask. Im a back sleeper and can only use a nasal mask.
    Thank you

    • Hi Ivan, i’m sorry about the troubles you’re having with your CPAP therapy. I’m pretty certain the type of mask you are using is most of the problem. It sounds like your mouth may fall open during the night. This would explain the leaks, dry mouth/throat. Is there any particular reason you can only use a nasal mask?

      I would recommend you try using a chinstrap in conjunction with your nasal mask and/or even try a different nasal mask to see if this helps with the leaks and dry mouth.

      For further questions, concerns, or to get assistance in selecting a mask/chinstrap that may best fit you, please give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We wish you the best!

  43. Doylene Garvey Reply

    After a month or so using my ResMed 10 machine I finally was able to wear it a full night. Feeling amazing and seeing great results in my day to day life.
    The last month however I’ve been experiencing bloating and air so loud coming from my mask and seems like the machine it wakes me and my husband. I’m back to yanking off the mask after a few hours or awake all night with the noise of the air. I’ve thought my machine was defective but they gave me a used machine to try and it’s still happening so it’s me. My pressure is set to 5-20. I’ve turned off my ramp to see if this would help with same results air blowing loudly. I get very little good sleep and have been miserable. Could it be I no longer need that much pressure? .

    • Hi Doylene, i’m so sorry to hear about the problems with your CPAP therapy. It sounds like you may have either a mask, or hose leak.

      To confirm if a leak is present, please remove your mask from the hose, make sure the machine is blowing and cover the end of the hose with your hand really tight. Do you still hear the loud air leak?

      If not, you should change your mask/mask cushion, if the leak is still present, please remove the hose from your machine and cover the end with your hand again, very tightly. Did the noise/leak stop? If so, you should change your hose.

      If the noise/leak is still present, please confirm that your filter is changed and installed properly. Are you using a humidifier? If so, please make sure the chamber is pushed all the way in the machine. Also, make sure the gasket for the chamber is in place, as this could cause noise as well.

      Have you confirmed what your leak rate is through your therapy data? If not, please do so. It could be that a pressure change is warranted, but this is not likely since you are using your machine in APAP mode, with the pressure 5-20, the pressure should be changing to the pressure you need on a breath-by-breath basis.

      If you would like further assistance, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  44. SUSAN M VOELZ Reply

    I have a Resmed machine almost 6 months. I use daily.
    I hardly ever make it through the night wearing it the whole time.
    I have a pillows mask, but wake up to feeling dampness around the mask.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Sue

    • Hi Susan, most likely the dampness you are referring to is called Rainout (an accumulation of water in the hose). This is a common issue when using your machine with a humidifier.

      To help reduce rainout, you may try raising the room temperature, keep your cpap machine at the same level as your bed, try using a hose cover such as a SnuggleHose, decrease the setting on your humidifier. Also, you may consider switching to heated hose.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at; 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  45. I have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea with a score of 74. I did try the CPAP machine before and was convinced that this is the best solution for my problem. While I understand that the machine improves the quality of sleep it does not improve the amount of times I wake up during the night or is restless and cannot sleep.
    Would appreciate some feedback on this.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Elleanor, i’m sorry that you’re having some trouble sleeping. In order to provide beneficial suggestions, we must first determine what the underlying issue is.

      Is your mask uncomfortable, are you hearing too much noise from the use of your CPAP machine, are you having problems getting acclimated with your therapy, or do you find yourself not sleeping due to stress, or racing mind?

      Once, I have more insight of your concerns, i’m happy to provide you with any information available that may assist with you getting better sleep.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, you may ask for Carol M., or you can e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com, Attn: Carol.

      I hope to hear from you soon!

  46. Michael Reddy Reply

    I believe I have a APAP machine, I’m in my forth month and do not feel any better in the morning. Is there an average time before someone feels more awake in the morning? Thanks

    • Hi Michael, i’m sorry to hear you’re having some troubles with your CPAP therapy. The amount of time to become acclimated with your therapy varies from patient to patient. Some users, notice a difference almost immediately, others can take a few months, or even longer.

      I would recommend you speaking with your doctor, so he/she can review your therapy data and determine if there are areas of struggle that can be resolved with setting adjustments.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  47. I have used my CPAP for about 10 years, but recently I am opening my mouth will sleeping, which I never did before, i wake up and my mouth is so dry. I have lost some weight and have been working out daily.

    I ordered a chin strap, but could my pressure be to high or too low.

    Any thoughts,

    Gary

    • Hi Gary,
      Congratulations on your weight loss! If you have lost a significant amount of weight, this could have an impact on your pressure settings. I would recommend you speaking with your doctor, so that he/she, can review your therapy data and determine if a pressure adjustment is warranted.

      Also, your mouth falling open during your sleep could definitely, explain the dry mouth you’re experiencing. Hopefully, once you start using your chin strap, the dry mouth will improve, if not you may want to try a full face mask.

      Are you currently using a humidifier? If not, you may try adding one, as this will add moisture with your therapy to help with the dry mouth.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  48. What is the advantage of a heated hose? I want to be able to use my CPAP with a solar panel at my mountain cabin that has no electricity and it says solar panels don’t work well with a heated hose.

    • Hey Jan, using a heated hose, helps to reduce, or eliminate water in the hose (rainout). The heated hose is an optional, comfort feature.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com, with further questions, or concerns.

      Have a great day!

  49. I have a dreamstation cpap. I have notice on my 90% pressure readings have gone up. I use to be in the 11s and now I am in the high 16s do I just need to adjust my mask or do I need to adjust my machine?

    • Hi Miguel, what is your leak rate? If your mask, or hose is leaking air, this could cause your 90% percentile to increase. It is recommended that you change your mask’s cushion, every 3 months and your complete mask every 6 months.

      Also, I recommend you speaking with your doctor/sleep therapist, so they may review your therapy in detail to make a determination on what is causing your readings to go up.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a wonderful day!

  50. Judi Boudreaux Reply

    My husband has a CPap and from day 1 has said the pressure is to high. He says it makes his nose cold and feels like it is shoving the air down his throat. He is no longer under the care of that doctor. Is there a way he can adjust the pressure?

    • Hi Judi,
      I’m sorry to hear about the troubles your husband is having with his CPAP therapy. We recommend pressure settings only be changed with guidance from his doctor.

      If your husband is aware of the pressure setting he’s needing, please give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221 and we’ll be happy to assist with the adjustment over the phone.

      We hope to hear from you soon!

  51. I have been using a bipap for a few years now and my pressure is high. Lately I have lost some weight and now I seem to be swallowing air. I wake up bloated. Doesn’t that mean I need to lower my air pressure? And should I do it myself or let my doctor know?

    • Hi Gary,
      Congrats on your weight loss! Yes, changes in weight could warrant a setting change. We recommend, you speaking with your doctor before you adjust your pressure setting.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may email us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  52. Hi Carol,
    My wife and I both got CPAP machines more than 10 years ago after sleep studies, but were managed by different doctors. I was set at 8 cm H2O and was relatively content with that. But she was set at 13 cm H2O. No matter what type of mask she used she could not get a fit. Even with a chin strap.
    She was pleasant with her doctor, but complained for 8 years the pressure was too much. Finally with a full face mask her lips popped out below the mask.
    Because a new sleep doctor came to the area she made an appointment for half a year out.
    With no current doctor, I felt free to make changea. Her AHI was 0.1 and I set the pressure to my level of 8 cm H2O.

    We both now see the same sleep doctor and are content. She’s at 7 cm H2O and I am at 9 cm H2O.

    My question is, she has persistent.very dry mouth. Could you please advise whether that condition has become permanent? Two separate rheumatologists declined to work with her.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Paul and Barb,
      I’m glad to hear that you and your wife’s therapy is going well, with the exception of dry mouth. It doesn’t sound like your wife’s dry mouth, is permanent.

      Is your wife using a humidifier with her therapy? If so, please try increasing the humidity and if possible, she may benefit from adding a heated hose.

      Also, have you checked the therapy data, to confirm her leak rate? If the leak rate is higher than 24L/m, this could be contributing to her dry mouth. Is your wife still using a full face mask? If not, please try switching to one.

      For further questions, or concerns, please contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may email us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  53. how do I increase my diffuser holes. to much air coming out of my mask edges.

    • Hi Ien, normally, there isn’t any way to increase the diffuser holes on a mask. What is the name of your mask? What is your mask leak rate reading showing from your therapy data?

      Also, to receive efficient and accurate responses to your questions, you may reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We hope to hear from you soon!

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