5 Tips To Help You Avoid Taking Off Your CPAP Mask During the Night

Written by
Jason Smith RPSGT
Published on
September 16, 2022 9:44:59 AM PDT September 16, 2022 9:44:59 AM PDTth, September 16, 2022 9:44:59 AM PDT

Using a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) mask can effectively treat sleep apnea. It can also be frustrating. Despite your diligence in wearing the CPAP mask whenever you go to bed, you wake up at night to find you inadvertently took it off. This happens because the mask is uncomfortable. Here are five ways to stop taking off your CPAP mask during the night.

1. Adjust the CPAP Pressure

Inadequate CPAP pressure may cause your sleep apnea to persist because you still have difficulty breathing while sleeping. On the other hand, excessive pressure causes air to leak that can disrupt your sleep, especially if it blows into your eyes. Adjust the pressure setting to your comfort.

If you’re having difficulty achieving the optimal pressure, contact your medical equipment provider for assistance. They might access the device remotely or download its data card to assess the issue and help you make the necessary changes.

2. Get the Right CPAP Mask Fit

Your CPAP mask may fall off easily if the fit is too loose. If it fits too tightly, the excessive pressure on your face may cause you to take off the mask at night. You can avoid this by adjusting the headgear to get a snug, comfortable fit. If adjusting the headgear doesn’t help, consider replacing the mask. You can try using a different type of CPAP mask.

3. Prevent Skin Irritation

Skin irritation from your CPAP mask can cause you to take it off at night. A few causes of irritation include:

  • An allergy to the silicone used in CPAP cushions
  • Pain on the nose, cheeks or chin due to an excessively tight fit
  • Collection of dust and bacteria in your CPAP mask
  • Overly moist or dry air passing through the tubing

You can avoid irritation by:

4. Consider Using Sleeping Pills Temporarily

Taking sleeping pills temporarily can help you get used to using the CPAP mask. Some common sleep medications include Sonata, Intermezzo and Ambien. You should take this approach only in consultation with a sleep specialist. The early stages of CPAP may interfere with sleep if you’re overly aware of the mask or the whole CPAP setup. Sleep specialists don’t recommend taking these medications in the long term.

5. Secure Your CPAP Mask in Place

A chinstrap can help stop taking off your CPAP mask during the night. If this fails to work, consider taking some tougher measures. Some people use a bit of cloth or paper tape to secure the chinstrap further. Wearing mittens might also make it even harder to remove your CPAP mask without realizing it. Of course, the final option is to simply put your mask back on if you somehow manage to take it off despite all these measures.

Stop Taking Off Your CPAP Mask During the Night

CPAP treatment can improve your sleep quality, provided you keep your mask on throughout the night. You can do this by following the tips discussed in this article. Visit 1800CPAP.com for a wide variety of CPAP masks, machines and supplies.