Side Effects of Sleep Apnoea Machine

headacheContinuous positive airway pressure is said to be an effective treatment for sleep apnoea, however, there are some side effects associated with its use. An article from has discussed about side effects associated with the use of this machine.

  • Claustrophobia. It can take some time getting used to having a mask over your face. Start off slowly if necessary, an hour at a time and increase the duration of use every night even if it’s only a minute or two. Try using the mask before bed for an hour or two to get used to it. Also, try not to over tighten the straps on the mask.

  • Uncomfortable mask or pressure loss. Tell your doctor or CPAP machine specialist for a change of mask. There are many mask shapes and sizes. Try different masks until you find the one that is most comfortable. Beards, moustaches and other facial hair along with a dirty or oily face may prevent a proper air-tight seal.

  • Sleep interruption and lack of progress. Set goals for yourself and try to wear the CPAP machine mask for a longer duration every night, even if only for a few minutes.

  • Nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose and irritation. Use a humidifying CPAP machine or one which performs the job of a humidifier and air warmer. See a doctor when the congestion or irritation gets out of hand or becomes chronic.

  • Difficulty in breathing through the nasal passage. Use low pressure for the air. See a doctor when it starts to bother you.

  • Noise. The CPAP machine can be noisy, especially older models. Try placing the machine further away from the bed, or mask the machine noise with a fan or other source of white noise. If it becomes a serious issue ask your doctor for suggestions for a newer quieter model.

  • Tube gets in the way. Finding a position for the tube to sit so that it avoids your own arms and those of your partners as well as allowing you to make your natural shifts in bed at night.

  • Stomach or Abdominal Bloating. Bloating can occur if the patient inhales a significant amount of air through the CPAP machine. This is not very harmful; however, you should consult your physician if it starts becoming chronic and painful. The pressure of the machine can be reduced.

  • Morning Headaches. Morning headaches may be caused by either excess mucus in the nose and sinus, or due to the differential air pressure in the sinus, nose and mouth. Either ways, you will need to see your physician and get the air pressure altered.

  • Other side effects include: dry nasal passage or dry eyes, facial sores, bumps and redness, sores inside the nose, nightmares and dreams or fear, saliva build up and jaw damage.

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Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.