The side effects of Sleep Apnea Products use are generally mild, but they can be annoying enough to cause some people to discontinue their treatment for sleep apnea. Fortunately, these symptoms are also easily treated, so before you abandon CPAP, try the solutions listed below. We’ve compiled a list of the most common CPAP-related issues, as well as solutions to or avoidance of these issues!
1. Nasal Blockage
Congestion or irritation of the nasal passages is one of the most common side effects of CPAP therapy. This includes symptoms such as a stuffy nose, a runny nose, a burning sensation, or nosebleeds.
Nasal congestion is caused by the passage of dry, pressurized air through the sinuses, and it is especially common in people who have frequent sinus infections.
How to Prevent It:
– Try a nasal saline spray to moisturize your nasal passages for immediate relief.
– Consider using a CPAP humidifier for long-term care. Humidification adds moisture to the airflow, reducing dryness and irritation. A heated humidifier gently warms the air as it moisturizes, providing additional relief and a more natural feel.
2. Parched Mouth
Mouth breathers are more likely to wake up with a dry mouth or throat, which, like nasal congestion, is caused by breathing dry, pressurized air. Though it is more common in those who use a full face mask, “mouth leak” can also occur in those who use a nasal pillow mask or nasal mask. When you sleep with your mouth open, air pressure escapes through the open mouth while you exhale.
How to Prevent It:
– A CPAP humidifier will add moisture to soften your airflow regardless of the type of mask you use.
– Consider using a chinstrap if you use a nasal pillow mask or nasal mask. CPAP chinstraps are designed to be used in conjunction with your CPAP device and gently keep your mouth closed while sleeping.