Dry mouth, why does it happen with CPAP therapy?
CPAP therapy is an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA); however, some people who use CPAP may experience dry mouth as a side effect. This side effect can happen for various reasons, and a dry mouth can be uncomfortable and interfere with sleep quality.
Tips and Strategies to Alleviate Dry Mouth
- Adjust your CPAP mask – Air leaking from your CPAP mask can cause dry mouth, leading to an uncomfortable sensation. Try adjusting the fit of your mask or experimenting with different mask styles to find one that is both comfortable and does not leak.
- Use a heated humidifier – A heated humidifier can add moisture to the air your CPAP delivers. Most CPAP machines come with a built-in humidifier. Make sure to keep the humidifier clean and filled with distilled water.
- Know how to adjust your humidification settings – CPAP humidification can automatically adjust or be set manually to the level that matches your comfort. Consult your machine’s user manual to learn how to select your preference.
- Try a chin strap – A chin strap can help keep your mouth closed while you sleep. If you breathe through your mouth while you sleep, this can be especially helpful.
- Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help keep your mouth hydrated. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate you and worsen a dry mouth.
- Optimize your sleeping environment – Keep the temperature of your room between 60-67 degrees to promote comfortable sleep and reduce the risk of dry mouth. If the air in your room is too humid, consider using a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture. Alternatively, if the air is too dry, adjust the humidity settings on your CPAP machine or use a separate humidifier to achieve the desired moisture level.
- Talk to your Sleep Coach – If you’ve tried these tips and strategies and are still experiencing dry mouth with your CPAP therapy, talk to your Sleep Coach. They may be able to adjust your CPAP settings or recommend other solutions.
Overall, experiencing dry mouth with CPAP therapy is a common issue, but there are steps you can take to alleviate this discomfort. With some experimentation and guidance from your Sleep Coach, you can find a solution that works for you and enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted, restful sleep!
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