Are you still snoring with CPAP? Isn't a CPAP supposed to solve your snoring? Your CPAP machine is supposed to greatly reduce snoring and other breathing problems related to sleep apnea, snoring could indicate that something is wrong. Let’s take an in-depth look at snoring to determine causes and solutions.
Is It Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?
While snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, those with sleep apnea don’t always snore and snoring can indicate a different issue. In fact, snoring is a common symptom of men with sleep apnea but not for women.
However, snoring does indicate a disruption in your sleep but it may not be as serious as disruptions caused by sleep apnea. These disruptions can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and sleep-deprived partners.
Don’t dismiss snoring as a normal part of aging. The difference between sleep apnea and snoring is how you feel during the day. Chronic fatigue and extreme sleepiness during the day are more indicative of sleep apnea. One study indicated that in patients who snored, had sleep apnea and snored, and didn’t snore but had sleep apnea had higher rates of arterial stiffness.
Note: However, no matter how much fatigue you experience, it’s important to see your doctor once you start snoring to rule out sleep apnea and other serious conditions.
Shouldn’t My CPAP Stop Snoring?
In most cases, yes. Snoring with CPAP isn’t normal. If you’re still snoring after using your CPAP mask after several days, seek advice from your sleep specialist. Discuss your machine and mask brand with them for possible adjustments. Do not adjust your CPAP settings on your own.
CPAP stops snoring by delivering a continuous positive airway pressure to your airways to hold them open during the night. This way, they are able to prevent the soft tissues from blocking your throat and prevent them from rubbing together and creating loud snores. As a result, your sleep doesn’t become disrupted for a night of refreshing and restorative rest.
There are air gaps in certain areas around the mouth, nose, and mask.
Your sleep position may affect the function of the machine.
3 Ways To Stop Snoring With CPAP
Check your CPAP air pressure – Contact your sleep specialist if you feel like your air pressure is too low. You might need another titration study.
Change sleeping positions – Your sleeping position may be the cause of snoring. Sleeping on your back may prevent the air pressure in the machine from opening your airways. Sleeping on your side may be a simple solution.
You could be a mouth breather – Breathing through your mouth is a major concern for those who use a nasal CPAP mask. If you sleep with your mouth open the air will exit through the mouth instead of going through the airway. You may want to switch to a full face mask.
Your mask should have a snug fit, but it should not be too tight or cause pain. Adjust your headgear straps for a comfortable seal. There should be no air gaps between your mask and face.
If you’re still having trouble try selecting a CPAP mask of a different size. Some masks are specifically designed to fit the smaller female frame, like the Quattro™ Air for Her by ResMed.
How To Stop Snoring
If your snoring is unrelated to sleep apnea there are a few snoring remedies you can try:
Do not drink alcohol close to bedtime, it can cause your throat to relax and collapse.
Treat nasal congestion.
Sleep on your side.
Get enough rest to avoid floppier muscles when you’re overtired.
Stay well hydrated to prevent sticky secretions from clogging your airways.
Avoid sleeping pills or allergy medications that could relax your throat.
Elevate your head about four inches with pillows to hold your airways open.
In some cases, snoring surgeries can put an end to the condition by correcting the physical problem causing you to snore.
Do You Snore?
Well, then you probably want to stop. Before trying a snoring aid be sure to contact your doctor to make sure your condition isn’t being caused by a larger issue such as sleep apnea. In many cases, snoring is a sleep apnea symptom and the best way to receive proper airflow is by using a CPAP to ensure your body receives enough oxygen for proper rest.