Why Do People Quit CPAP?
The nature of this study doesn’t let it tell us why people in this population quit CPAP. However, other studies tell us why people give up on CPAP treatment.
Some of the common reasons why people quit CPAP in Columbus include:
- Uncomfortable mask
- Restricted feelings
- Irritation of skin, mouth, nose, or throat
- Pressure too high
- Gassiness and bloating
- Too much trouble to clean
- Getting sick more often
- Not enough support from the doctor
The CPAP mask can be uncomfortable to wear, which makes it hard for people to sleep while wearing it. Another problem is that the mask, no matter how comfortable, might make a person feel restricted. In addition, the mask, its straps, or even the air can cause irritation of the skin, mouth, nose, or throat.
It can be hard to adjust your CPAP machine’s pressure properly. Too low, and it doesn’t work well, but too high, and it can feel stifling and suffocating. When you have high pressure, you’re also more likely to get gassiness and bloating from CPAP. However, it’s possible to experience gassiness and bloating even if you have the pressure adjusted properly.
People also have trouble taking care of their CPAP machines. CPAP machines have a complex cleaning routine that can be hard to keep up regularly. People who don’t clean their CPAP machines as often as they should often see a spike in their infections–they start getting sick more often.
Few of these problems are insurmountable if people and their doctor are both willing to work toward a solution. However, many Columbus sleep doctors abandon patients and fail to give them the support they need to be successful at CPAP. So people give up.