Some hints that it may be your nose that contributes to CPAP intolerance include;
- Sleeping with an open mouth
- Your CPAP humidifier temperature level needed to be increased
- You were placed on full face mask or provided a chin strap
- You were told to use nasal saline or nasal steroids to help with congestion
All of these actions are an attempt to overcome the difficulty that you have breathing through your nose during sleep. Nasal Issues can lead to a high likelihood that you are a mouth breather.
Did You know, Your Nose is Important to your Sleep?
When you can’t breathe through your nose you breath through your mouth. Mouth breathing is not normal. For CPAP users it means you struggle unnecessarily with multiple mask changes, increased CPAP pressure, dry mouth and bad breath. Mouth breathing can also lead to poor dental health.
All of these things and more may contribute to poor quality sleep when you are not able to breathe normally through your nose.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep plays an important role in your health and well-being throughout your life. The right amount and good quality of sleep protects your emotional and physical health. When you sleep, your body heals and repairs itself.
When sleep is interrupted, your body’s ability to restore itself is also interrupted. Ongoing sleep-inadequacies are linked to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Excessive sleepiness is the result of ongoing sleep interruptions. If you are not sleeping well you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions, and coping with change. Falling asleep can occur in a split instance and can have deadly consequences such as falling asleep while driving.
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