What if I accidently take off my CPAP at night?

This question was asked in Liberty, Kansas on 07/23/2013.
I don't even realize it but sometimes I take off my mask at night. What can I do about it? I need it on to help me sleep through the night and I want to keep it on.

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 7/29/2013

Not realizing that you are removing your CPAP mask off during the night is common, especially in the first few weeks. It is akin to a housefly landing on us.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 7/24/2013

You should follow up with your Board Certified Sleep Specialist. Taking the mask off during sleep sometimes indicates that your CPAP may not be set at the correct pressure. If you have a bed partner, you should ask if they hear you snoring while using your CPAP.

Timothy J. Delcambre, DDS, MHA
Answered on: 7/24/2013

You need to first return to the office or center where you received your CPAP and headgear to have them verify that it properly fits to your face. Tell them your concerns and problems and they will correct them.