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New to Sleep Therapy? Get Started Right.

Many people are overwhelmed by how good they feel after their first few restful nights on sleep therapy. PAP (or positive airway pressure) can be a life changing therapy for the many people who use it. We talk to patients everyday who describe the renewed energy, mental clarity, and overall enhancement in their day-to-day wellbeing that sleep therapy delivers.

Some do find it difficult adjusting to therapy in the beginning, so we have organized content to help you. Please read through our website, learn, and empower yourself to a better night’s sleep! Sleep apnea is a serious condition and the use of your device is critical to improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Always keep in mind, that you are not alone in your therapy and that the sleep experts at American HomePatient are here to support you.

Avoiding Common Issues

Many PAP users face the same issues when starting therapy for the first time. Get started right with helpful tips located here. We added a few of the most prevalent below:

Mask issues: Finding the perfect mask can take time, but will pay off. Make sure during your fitting that you find the right size and style that you’ll find comfortable. You don’t want a mask that feels too loose or too tight. Try fitting your mask while lying down to get the best seal. For videos and information on fitting your specific mask click here. If the mask you originally chose doesn’t work for you, contact our Sleep Support Center at 877-247-2352 and see about getting a different one.

Air pressure problem: Getting used to the air pressure can be a difficult challenge for new users. If you feel your pressure is too high, check your machine for a “ramp” feature that slowly increases pressure as you fall asleep. If that doesn’t work or you feel the pressure is too low, talk to your doctor about adjusting your pressure setting or possibly switching to bilevel therapy (two separate pressures for inhaling and exhaling). Make sure to practice wearing your mask while reading or watching TV – it can take some time to get used to.

Feeling dried out: This is a common complaint that easily fixed. Most PAP machines feature heated humidification that adds moisture to the air you’re breathing. If you are already using your heated humidification, try increasing the level. 

Please also visit our device and mask product information areas for videos and instructions on mask fitting (to prevent leaks), device use, and other helpful product specific information. The best tip is to remember the many health benefits associated with continuing your therapy. The longer you stick with it, the easier and more routine it will become!

Care & Maintenance

To get the most out of your therapy, you should use clean, fresh supplies. That means cleaning your supplies regularly, and eventually replacing them. You’ll also need to perform routine maintenance on your PAP device. Click here to learn more about maintaining PAP therapy.

Supply Schedule and Reordering

Cleaning will only maintain your supplies for so long and eventually you’ll need to replace them. Most supplies are engineered for comfort and hygiene and over time will wear out. New supplies ensure your sleep therapy is working right for you, and most insurances will reimburse you for new supplies on a scheduled timeline.

If you need new supplies, you can start your online order here or call 877-247-2352.

Replace your supplies regularly to ensure you're getting the most out of your therapy.

If you’re having issues, contact our Sleep Support Center at 877-247-2352. It is important to work through whatever obstacles you encounter. Successful therapy is well worth the time and patience you invest in your ongoing health and wellness.

Fisher & Paykel, ResMed, and Respironics images and text used with permission.