How to sleep with a noisy CPAP machine

If you’re new to using a CPAP machine, an immediate hurdle may be getting used to the noise. In fact, 29% of CPAP users reported that the noise disturbed their sleep. While many modern CPAP machines come with a silent feature, they will still make some sound. You and your partner may find this a challenge, but there are some simple solutions to minimise these effects.

Check the source of the noise

If your machine is making excessive noise, it may be a sign that there’s a problem. For example, if it’s coming from the tubing, it could indicate trapped fluid, causing unwanted noise. Equally, the machine’s filter may need changing. If you’re concerned about excessive noise, contact your medical advisor or the CPAP machine’s manufacturer for advice.

Sometimes the noise sounds as though it’s coming from the mask, which may suggest it’s leaking or poorly fitted. Consider investing in a custom 3D fitted mask from ApneaSeal to ensure a proper fit, minimising potential noise and helping you sleep more soundly.

Move the machine

The position of your machine may affect its noise levels. Consider moving your CPAP machine onto a carpeted or fluffy surface if vibrations are causing noise issues. You can also move the device further away from your head to reduce disruption, so long as it has around 6 inches of surrounding space to maintain proper circulation.

Use earplugs

While this may seem like an obvious solution, earplugs can minimise disturbance from external noises while you sleep. Earplugs are an excellent solution for both you and your partner while adjusting to the CPAP machine, and they’re available in a range of styles, materials, and sizes to suit your needs. Ensure you regularly clean and replace the plugs to prevent ear infections.

Remember that the noise may not be as loud as you think, as the average CPAP machine registers at around 30dB, which is about as loud as a whisper. A new sound in your sleep environment will take time to get used to, so be patient.

For more information about ApneaSeal’s 3D fitted masks for CPAP machines, get in touch with our team today.

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