Can I Benefit by Using My CPAP Machine While Awake?

It’s estimated that 23.5 million adults in America have undiagnosed sleep apnea. If you suffer from this condition, you’re not alone.

Using a CPAP machine is a great way to treat your sleep apnea, and a common way to get a good night’s sleep. But you may be asking yourself if you could benefit from using your CPAP machine while awake during the day.

In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits when using a CPAP machine during the day, and a few other great tips.

Why Should I Wear My CPAP Machine During the Day?

There are many great benefits of wearing your CPAP machine while awake.

If you suffer from central sleep apnea, then you can feel the effects of the condition during the day. Wearing your CPAP can help you combat the side effects as you go about your day.

Even if you don’t suffer from central sleep apnea, you also can benefit from wearing the machine while awake.

CPAP compliance requires you to wear your machine for at least 4 hours each night. It can be monitored by your doctor to ensure that you’re are using it.

However, many people struggle with their compliance due to discomfort or other issues. Up to 37% of CPAP users have abandoned the treatment after use.

By wearing your CPAP during the day, you can start to become more comfortable with the machine. It can act as practice so that you’re more comfortable at night too.

How Can I Adjust to My CPAP Machine Better?

To avoid abandoning your machine and to stay compliant, there are ways to make your experience more comfortable. Like many new things, getting used to your CPAP takes time, but certain aspects can help you to adjust faster.

Use these tips to help feel more comfortable while using your machine:

  • If your mask feels too big or small, try different sizes until it feels secure
  • Wear your CPAP machine during the day to learn how to adjust to it and feel more comfortable at night
  • Consider using extra CPAP supplies, such as padding or chin straps, if you’re feeling uncomfortable
  • If a certain type of mask isn’t working for you, try other types until you find one that fits your lifestyle
  • Read a book or watch your favorite T.V. show to help to relax and breathe while starting to wear your mask.

Trying out new ways of wearing your machine can help you find what works best for you.

What Types of Lifestyle Masks Can Help Me?

Lifestyle masks are extremely helpful when wearing your CPAP machine during the day. Choosing one that makes you most comfortable is key.

Nasal Masks are one option that covers only your nose. They are simple but strap fully around your head.

Nasal pillows may sound more complex, but they’re even more simple than regular nasal masks. They have fewer straps and are not as obstructive. They can be a great option if you plan to do things as you wear the machine.

Full Face Masks cover your mouth and nose, accommodating your breathing. This would be the most obstructive type of mask, but great for those who breathe with their mouth.

Specialty masks can be accommodating for those with more specific needs. This can include cloth masks or oral- only masks.

CPAP Therapy: Get the Most Out of It

Your CPAP machine is a vital tool that’s there to help you. Wearing it during the day is extremely beneficial no matter what type of sleep apnea you suffer from.

We have CPAP masks, machines, and supplies at 1800CPAP to help you be comfortable while using your machine during the day or night.

Are you interested in finding supplies for your CPAP machine? Please look at our products today!

If you are struggling to find a properly fitted CPAP mask fit, 1800CPAP is now offering a mask fitting service that brings you accurate and fast results without leaving the comfort of your home. To get started, contact one of our CPAP Experts by calling (800)274-1366 or fill out our contact form below. We look forward to helping you find the right mask for you.


About the Author


Jason Smith is recognized by the board of polysomnographic technologists (BRPT) as a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) since 2003. He is also Director of Clinical Operations for 6 multi-state sleep diagnostic facilities including the nation’s largest 20 bed sleep disorder testing center. Jason has also been a Co-Author with two research publications featured in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.