What If I Don’t Use CPAP One Night?
So, you have obstructive sleep apnea and use CPAP as a prescribed therapy for your condition. However, you might wonder: what happens if I don’t use CPAP one night? What are the benefits or risks from not using the therapy for one night? Many people are compelled to take a break from the therapy due to a cold or if they spend the night outside of the home. In order to make things easier for you, we’ve decided to share all risks, dangers, and consequences if you miss a night using CPAP.
Taking a Break from CPAP Comes with Certain Benefits
Not using the therapy temporarily can happen due to many reasons, either because you are sick with a cold, travelling, or camping in the woods. These are all reasons why you might decide not to use the machine temporarily.
Taking a break from CPAP might actually come with some benefits, even if this means that you’re not using the machine for several days. CPAP therapy is known to reduce the swelling of the tissues that line the airway that is caused by sleep apnea and snoring. As a result, people who use this therapy find it easier to breathe even when they’re not using the therapy, such as during the day.
However, if you decide to stop using the therapy for several days, you might notice that some of the sleep apnea symptoms will start to recur and this might even trigger the swelling to appear again.
Not using CPAP therapy for one night doesn’t necessarily put your health at risk. In fact, some serious health issues, such as stroke or heart arrhythmia, are very unlikely to happen because you’re not using the machine for one night. Instead, sleep apnea is a long-term condition which if left untreated can be present for years and trigger such serious health consequences. What usually leads to these health conditions the inability to breathe properly and struggling to do it, night after night.
Sleep apnea has a long-term risk. Hence, not using CPAP for one night is unlikely to provoke these issues.
Get Back to CPAP Therapy
Nevertheless, it’s important to note that even though there aren’t any serious health risks from not using CPAP for one night if not using the machine for several days can have a negative impact. Taking a short break from CPAP will bring your breathing to its untreated tendency. What’s more, you will probably initially derive a residual benefit from your recent use. That’s why is necessary to get back to your treatment as soon as possible and prevent some long-term health risks.
In case of a cold, you can use a full-face mask, a CPAP battery with camping, or a travel CPAP on a trip to avoid interrupting your therapy. Using the treatment without interruption will maximize the benefit of the treatment and improve your well-being without any unnecessary risk.