Can You Use CPAP While You're Awake?
People usually use a CPAP machine while they are sleeping. However, you may be wondering can you use a CPAP while awake. We’re going to clear up the confusion that exists, so you can find out whether there is any benefit to using a CPAP while awake.
The short answer is yes, you can. However, needing to do so depends on whether you have sleep apnea during the day or not. Some people have too much carbon dioxide in their blood. A side effect of this is a greater difficulty of breathing throughout the course of a day. The root cause of this lies in the malfunction of the brainstem. Most people with sleep apnea will only have trouble breathing at night. For those who also have difficulty breathing when they’re awake, a CPAP can be helpful.
Day Time Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from central sleep apnea, you may feel like you want to sleep during the day. You may even get frequent headaches due to having your regular nightly sleep cycle interrupted. Other issues you may notice are an inability to concentrate on anything for too long, as well as general weakness.
If you are not breathing correctly, you may have obstructive sleep apnea, be it day or night. If your breathing difficulties during the day are not too extreme, but you still feel it is more challenging to breathe, you can get help from a CPAP machine as well. It can help you be aware of your breathing and focus on breathing properly so that more oxygen is delivered to your brain.
The results of using a CPAP while awake can be evident in as little as a single day and night. After not breathing well for an extended period of time, you will notice the difference.
While you can use a CPAP while awake, you may find that you need to get accustomed to wearing a CPAP mask during the day. The unfamiliar feeling of wearing it in your normal waking state can be disruptive to your day. However, by wearing it during the day, you are also getting practice time that can make it easier to fall asleep while using it at night.
Involuntary non-compliance is something that sometimes occurs at night when you are uncomfortable wearing a CPAP mask. By using a CPAP while you’re awake, you can become more comfortable with it subconsciously, which will help you keep the CPAP mask on properly throughout the entire night.
Practice Makes Perfect
Although a CPAP machine can be a bit bulky for regular use when you’re awake, if you’re able to stay in one place, you will be able to use one. Even if you don’t have breathing problems while awake, you can use a CPAP to help yourself become more well-adjusted to using it at night.
It’s best to get comfortable using a CPAP so that you avoid involuntary non-compliance at night. You want to prevent any damage to your body in the event of not breathing while sleeping. A CPAP machine can be a lifesaver, so using one during the day can help you ensure you are breathing well at night.
Written by The Sleeplay Team