Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CPAP and medications

Most folks who have sleep apnea know that it is a bad idea to take sleeping pills of any kind. The last thing that you want to do is to make the tissue in the back of your throat more relaxed then it usually is. But what if you have been using a cpap machine and you have been reasonably successful in getting used to it but you still can’t fall asleep. Can you use any kind of sleeping pill or other sedatives to help you go to sleep with sleep apnea?

When I did a search for information about if sleeping pills can be used I found the following answer on Someone wrote in on a forum and Doctor David Rappoport responded with the following answer “If you're using your CPAP, taking a mild sleeping pill to deal with mask discomfort and help you fall asleep is safe, as long as you keep the mask on. However, if you remove the mask—say, you get up in the middle of the night and, because you've taken a sleeping pill, you're groggy and inadvertently forget to put the mask back on—your sleep apnea will worsen.”

I wish that I had known about this when I was struggling with my CPAP and BIPAP; it certainly would have made a difference if I had a little help falling asleep. Of course if you are using a CPAP make sure you check with your doctor before taking any kind of sedative.

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