Insomnia symptoms with CPAP mask
I use a full face mask and often just lie there, sometimes for hours, before falling asleep !!
If I take the mask off, I fall right asleep.
I'm in my first few weeks of use.
How long does it take to get used to a mask ?
Lots of people have insomnia-like symptoms while using CPAP. The question is...do you really have insomnia, or you have anxiety problems
while wearing the CPAP mask?
I can help you to identify if you have insomnia or anxiety by answering to the next questions:
- Do you feel comfortable when you're lying in bed with the CPAP on?
- When you have the mask on, but before falling asleep, do you have any worried thoughts running through your mind?
- Do you feel like you are suffocating, having not enough air to breathe?
If you answered "yes" to one or more questions, you might have CPAP claustrophobia
, which usually can be treated by wearing the CPAP mask while you are awake. Just wear it around the house, or watching TV, reading a book, etc.Note:
You can first wear the mask without the CPAP machine connected, to get used to the sensation of having a strange object on your face. After a couple of days of testing without the machine, connect the machine to your mask, turning it on. Then do the same things (watching TV, reading, etc) with the mask on your face and machine switched on.
The idea is to get acclimated to the CPAP mask until you can sleep comfortable with it. Remember than no one ever died from wearing a CPAP machine, but only when they decided to quit their treatment.
Please leave me a comment if you don't have anxiety or claustrophobia from CPAP mask, to discuss other solutions.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide