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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to get used to CPAP?
Most people adjust to CPAP within a week or two. Occasionally, it may take a little longer if, for example, you move around a lot while you sleep or you are very sensitive to the feeling of the mask on your face. Realize that you may struggle the first couple of nights as you get used to the mask and breathing with a CPAP device.
How soon after I start using treatment will it be before I notice an improvement?
You probably suffered from sleep apnea for months or even years before being diagnosed, so your body may need some time to fully recover. Some people do notice an improvement within a few days, but others need a bit longer. Using a sleep journal (PDF) to keep track of your CPAP use and how you feel during the day can help you monitor the effects of therapy over time.
How often will I need to use my treatment?
You need to use your CPAP therapy whenever you sleep—whether you’re at home, traveling or taking a quick nap.

When you first start to use CPAP, you may find that you remove the mask during the night without knowing it, or you may find that you can only tolerate using the therapy for a couple of hours. Getting used to CPAP therapy is a gradual process for some people. Every hour that you use it, CPAP is helping you to have better, healthier sleep.

Over time, as you get used to sleeping with CPAP, you should find that you are able to use your therapy throughout the night on most nights.
Will I ever be able to stop treatment? Will I ever be cured of my snoring and sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is generally a lifelong condition. The good news is that CPAP therapy will effectively control your sleep apnea—as long as you continue to use it.
If I need to be hospitalized for any reason, should I take my device with me and use it at night
It is important that you use your CPAP every night, even in the hospital. If you are having surgery, it is also important to tell the surgeon and the anesthetist that you are using CPAP at home. They may make adjustments or take precautions for patients with sleep apnea.

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