- Albert Einstein (German born Theoretical Physicist - 1879 - 1955)
One of the things that used to annoy me a lot and drive me crazy with CPAP therapy was nasal congestion. You put your mask on, lie down and soon after you turn the sleep machine on, my nose would get congested. How do you stop CPAP nasal congestion and nose bleeding?
I note from the various sleep apnea forums that everyone is different in trying to stop nasal congestion. Some people have found by turning up the humidity by going into manual control and using a lot of humidity solved the problem. Whilst for other people including me, found that minimising humidity and eventually to not using the humidifier reduced substantially or stopped the nasal congestion.
The downside of not using the humidifier was that whilst nasal congestion was minimised or even eliminated, I ended up with nose bleeding. The first morning it happened, I thought it was water. When I took the mask off, a lot of blood poured out of my nose. At the time, I remember thinking “This isn’t good. I’m in trouble!” I wondered how I was going to get myself out of this “bad” situation.
What to do? You have a dilemma. Use the humidifier and end up with nasal congestion. Not use the humidifier and end up with nose bleeding. In between you have a mixture of both depending on the humidity in the air.
I will share a secret with you and show a little trick that has stopped both the nasal congestion and nose bleeding when using the sleep apnea machine. The humidifier is not being used as well as no nasal sprays and saline rinses. This secret is saving me a few hundred $’s each year and will save many thousands of $’s over my lifetime.
The paper tape works brilliantly every night! It stops the nose from becoming irritated and now I have no nasal congestion or nose bleeding. I wake up in the morning with a clear nose breathing freely. It’s a great feeling!
On cold winter days when the wind is humid and blowing strongly and I go for a walk, I put the tape on to eliminate nasal congestion. It is a tan colour (also comes in white) and it is not too noticeable when walking in winter.
Whilst trying to sort this issue out, I also came across research which advised that only 1 nostril at a time gets stuffy and congested. By turning over onto your other side in bed, the congestion will go. In the rare instances in winter when the air is very cool and humid and using the sleep machine and paper tape, my nose may get a little congested, I change sides and the congested nostril clears itself!
For those that are wondering about the effect on volume of air; there is an estimated small reduction in air of about 3% to 4%.
Those people that have air coming up through their eye tear ducts and out the eyes; this reduction in air will assist in overcoming that particular issue. For further details, refer to Secrets to Success: Answer is FREE and Air through Eye Tear Duct.
Since originally writing this blog post, in early 2021 I began using a very high starting IPAP of 18.2 cmH2O and EPAP of 12.8 cmH2O (inhale and exhale pressure) which may cause air coming out the eyes. Top pressure during the night may be more than 20 cmH2O! This was essential to stop hypoxia (oxygen desaturation) and sleep disordered breathing causing the symptoms of Dementia.
More details are on the blog posts:Use BiPAP to prevent Alzheimer's Dementia caused by REM sleep issues
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