The old adage above speaks volumes about patient compliance with CPAP therapy. All too often we hear about patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea go through the long, arduous process of investigating their sleep troubles by having a sleep study, getting a diagnosis, receiving a CPAP machine for therapy, selecting a mask, getting educated on how to use their equipment, only to quickly abandon therapy within a few short weeks.
Many of these patients are shown the path to quality sleep and given the tools to change their declining health, but, sadly, they can't be forced to comply with treatment.
The question facing many sleep professionals becomes, "If we can't make them drink, how can we entice them?"
The only real answer is to help patients want to get better. The best way to do that is to have them get proactive about sleeping healthier by using their CPAP equipment. And getting them proactive starts with showing them how to track their own therapy progress.
Topics: CPAP compliance
We're going to be honest with you: CPAP therapy is going to be tough when you first get it prescribed to treat your sleep apnea. You might tell yourself that "it's just too difficult to tolerate", and quickly go back to your old ways of getting terrible sleep, risking long-term health conditions, and feeling tired all the time. But at least you don't have to wear a mask on your face at night with pressurized air blowing into your throat, right?
All too often patients go through the process of finally seeking help for their sleep troubles by contacting a sleep clinic, getting a consultation, having a sleep study, receiving their diagnosis, getting issued CPAP equipment, trying it for a few nights...and then quickly abandon treatment because they thought it was too tough.
It can be a little baffling to see people jump through so many hoops to get help, only to banish their CPAP device to the darkest reaches of their closet within a few days, when all they needed was a few helpful tips and tricks to make CPAP therapy a "can't sleep without it" treatment.
Here we'd like to help you arm yourself with the tools for successful CPAP therapy.
One of the most important factors in maintaining CPAP compliance is taking proper care of your CPAP equipment. In order to have successful CPAP therapy, you must be willing to make your treatment a priority in your life, and that means regularly cleaning and maintaining your CPAP equipment.
Fortunately, taking proper care of your equipment is pretty easy, and not very time consuming. With a little adjustment to your regular morning routine, your device and accessories will be working at 100% efficiency to get you that much needed sleep you've been longing for.
Topics: CPAP compliance