Monday, June 8, 2009

Improving CPAP Compliance for Sleep Apnea

Two studies being presented as posters later this morning address issues related to patient compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

One study (#0582) shows that some problem-solving and coping styles contribute to successful CPAP use. These include seeking advice and information from other people, and creating goal-oriented schedules.

Another study (#0576) shows that a spouse or cohabiting partner’s involvement can help improve CPAP compliance. The most effective methods of helping were “bilateral tactics,” which involve a collaborative effort to work together.

You can
download the SLEEP 2009 abstract supplement as an 11 MB file in PDF format.


  1. i just can't fall asleep with the cpap machine and without it i wake exhausted. even if i take ambien i can't fall asleep with the machine. i'm not obese just chunky. any suggestions

  2. The highly popular sleep medication ambien is used for short term sleep treatment only, i.e. for 7 to 10 days and it is known that Ambien is a prescription-based drug and hence should be used only after getting hold of a doctor’s prescription. Use Ambien as per the instructions of the doctor to cure your sleep problems and bear in mind that this medicine is likely to become ineffective if used for a long term and hence the use of this drug should be strictly supervised by a physician.

  3. How about using products like the Contour CPAP Pillow?

  4. Contour CPAP Pillow definitely helps improve compliance - There's an articla citing some stats here:

    A summary of the high points:
    * 100% of Respiratory Therapists agreed that the Contour CPAP Pillow reduces the tendency of the mask to press against the user’s face.

    * More than 96% of Respiratory Therapists agreed that the Contour CPAP Pillow improves patient comfort when using a CPAP Mask.

    * Over 91% of Respiratory Therapists agreed that using the Contour CPAP Pillow reduces mask leaks.

    * More than 87% of Respiratory Therapists agreed that the Contour CPAP Pillow reduces mask discomfort for the user.

    * 83% of Respiratory Therapists agreed that the Contour CPAP Pillow makes it easier to use CPAP Therapy.

  5. I'm a college student with sleep onset insomnia. Before Ambien I was taking 6 over-the-counter sleep pills a night with unhappy results. The fact is, Ambien works. I've been on it for a few months now, and I can tell that I need it EVERY night, and I am beginning to need more so I take the occasional 2nd pill. I wish there was another way. If there is a situation in which you need a short time sleep medicine, this is it. But this is not something to live your life dependent on, which is the case with most cases of insomnia.

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  9. I think that the most perfect technique is the “bilateral tactics,” because I've read some important results made with this technique although I have to read more about it.

  10. THnaks for the information posted here. My step borther suffer of this illness and maybe this could help him to understand in abetter way what he has and how to avoid get complications on the future.

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