CPAP Therapy

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

Part of getting used to CPAP treatment for sleep apnea is finding an air pressure level that is appropriate for you. It can take some adjustment in your CPAP pressure settings to get it right. There is no one setting that is right for everyone. You want a level that is comfortable and also consistent. The side effects of CPAP pressure that is too high can be serious. By finding what the right CPAP pressure is, you can ensure that you are using it in a way that is both safe and effective.

What is the highest pressure on CPAP?

The pressure settings for a CPAP machine are measured in centimeters of water pressure. For instance, if the pressure is set at 10 cm/H2O, this means that the pressure is the same as if you were sucking water through a 10-centimeter straw positioned at the top of the water to your mouth. By contrast, human speech comes in at around 7 cm/H2O pressure as it moves past the vocal cords.

The highest pressure available on your CPAP machine will depend on the model you own. In most cases, CPAP pressure readings max out at 20 to 25 cm/H2O. However, this rating is too high for most people.

The average pressure for treating sleep apnea is 10 cm/H2O. Typical pressure levels for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea will range from 6 to 15 cm/H2O. Some people require higher pressures and will use a high-pressure CPAP mask. Others will find that they are more comfortable and that their treatment is more effective at lower levels of pressure.

How to tell if CPAP pressure is too high?

In most cases, it will be uncomfortable to use a CPAP machine where the pressure is too high. This sign alone may be enough to demonstrate that you need to titrate your treatment up or down. However, it is natural to be concerned about whether you are using your machine at the right pressure level. Pay careful attention to how you feel during treatment at night and during the day after to see whether you are using the right level of pressure.

While many people think that the amount of pressure needed is directly correlated to the severity of your sleep apnea, this is not always the case. There are many factors that help determine what the proper level of pressure is, which include age, weight, the general level of health, and more. Only through testing for the right pressure can you determine the best level for you. Additionally, that level may change over time. Pay attention to AHIs, side effects, and sleep quality to determine whether you are at the right level of treatment, receiving too much pressure or whether you are not getting enough.

What are the side effects of CPAP pressure being too high?

Getting a level of pressure that is enough to hold airways open but not too high for safety is essential. What happens if the CPAP setting is too high? CPAP pressure too high symptoms and side effects can include:

  • uncomfortable CPAP therapy
  • significant air leaks from your mask
  • mouth breathing
  • 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
  • feelings of tiredness or fatigue during the day

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

What CPAP masks are best for high pressures?

Mask choice is extremely personal and variable. One that works well for one individual may be a poor fit for someone else. If you have gone through titration of CPAP levels 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 without risks or side effects.

Which mask will be the right one will also depend on other factors besides your CPAP pressure level. For instance, you may require a full face mask or may be able to use one with nasal cushions. By looking at different models and trying several out, you can see which provides the most effective therapy for you.

How do I adjust my CPAP pressure?

It 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 testing different CPAP pressure levels until the proper therapeutic level is reached. If you are having trouble with your pressure levels, you can ask for your doctor to order a new titration study done to evaluate the right level of pressure for you.

Another option is to discuss with your doctor is auto-adjusting CPAP machines (APAP). APAPs can automatically adjust pressure throughout therapy; this greatly reduces the chances of having a pressure too high interfering with therapy quality.

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  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: and we will share with you any tips/suggestions we have for your issues.

          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

    • 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:

      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:

      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:, 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.

    • 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:

      We wish you the best!

    • 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.

  9. 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: with any questions, or concerns.

      We wish you the best!

  10. 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!

  11. 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 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

  12. 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: for further questions, concerns.

      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.

  13. 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: to provide us the name of your mask and we will be happy to assist you.

      Have a great weekend!

  14. 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!

  15. 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: for further questions, or concerns.

      We wish you the best!

  16. 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.

      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!

    • Hey Michael🤗 You need to see a lung doctor…Pulmonologist☺️

  17. 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.

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

      We wish you the best!

  18. 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:

      Have a great weekend!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

      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!

  21. 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 blog to see what other CPAP users are saying about the same issue.

      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!

  22. 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.

    • 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:

      Enjoy your day!

  23. 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:

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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 blog about the symptoms you are having.

      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!

  27. 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:

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

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

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

      We wish you the best!

  30. 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!

  31. 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

    • 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.

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

      Have a great day!

  32. 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?

  33. 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:

      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.

      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!

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