Lack of comfort is a common complaint with CPAP treatment and a big part of this centers around pressure settings. If you have been on the CPAP therapy for several weeks or months and are still not feeling as good as you think you should, or still experiencing sleep apnea symptoms such as nocturia, you may have a wrong CPAP pressure setting.
Your doctor will determine the proper pressure settings and only he/she can order changes. Normally, these CPAP settings are inaccessible to the user of the machine, but depending on the model of your CPAP device, which can be activated by methods that vary from machine to machine. You can ask your physician for the method to unlock the CPAP settings or get the methods from the internet. Once you have the settings unlocked, you can then change the CPAP pressure settings.
Some CPAP machine featured with the ramp, which is how long it takes for the machine to reach the maximum pressure to allow the patient to fall asleep before the full pressure is administered, and so on. The ramp feature gives the patient more time to fall asleep by starting at a low pressure setting and gradually increasing the pressure over 15 to 30 minutes. Many patients find the ramp feature extremely helpful, especially those using higher pressure settings.
So, in addition to the CPAP pressure settings, ramp setting also have a great help for getting the proper CPAP pressure and restul sleep. Caution must be exhibited if changing important CPAP settings as they may cause the treatment to be ineffective or to cause discomfort from incorrect pressures. Do not try the CPAP setting by yourself, at least you should get the software is designed and labeled for the clinician. Write down your original pressure and each change you make. Most important, monitor and keep a daily log of how you feel each day, related to the pressure setting and other variables such as mask leak. How you feel is the best indicator of a good pressure setting.
I’d want the machine to be an autopap (auto-titrating cpap) set for a range of pressure, not just a machine delivering a single pressure that I was supposed to move up based on how I felt. Ideally, an autopap will sense from your breathing how much pressure is needed and adjust up and down automatically throughout the night.