Stomach bloating with CPAP
I was dianosed with mild sleep apnea, and have been using my cpap more lately with lots of gas and bloating, now here's my question it came with a chin strap which i hate wearing and never do.
I seem to awake often when wearing cpap also, do u think not wearing my chin strap to keep my mouth closed could be the reason for gas and waking up often?
What are you experiencing is a common thing for many CPAP users : aerophagia
The main cause of aerophagia or stomach bloating is swallowing the air
when you sleep. This happens in the early days of CPAP therapy, but it should go away in time.
However, there are some other problems that will cause aerophagia, and you have to deal with these problems to find a relief from gas problems:
- having acid reflux or GERD may cause bloating - the muscles at the end of your esophagus does not close properly if you have acid reflux,
- high pressure from CPAP - lowering the pressure may help, but can make your CPAP therapy ineffective. Speak with your doctor about this.
- pulmonary problems can be another cause, when you will have difficulty exhaling against the continuous positive pressure from your machine.
To bring some relief with aerophagia, these self-help guidelines may be helpful:
- try eating light suppers,
- don't eat for several hours before bedtime,
- I believe the chin strap may be helpful. If you sleep with your mouth open and excess of air gets into your mouth, there is a tendency to swallow it,
- to help keeping the CPAP air out of the mouth, you might want to learn to sleep with your tongue touching the roof of your mouth and behind of your front teeth. This is helpful for every CPAP user.
- use GasX to relieve the gas problem. It is being used by many CPAP users in your situation and is very helpful.
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I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide