Bloating From CPAP? | Common CPAP Problems & Solutions

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Ever wake up feeling like there’s a hurricane in your stomach? Or when you use your CPAP, do you notice…

  • Stomachache or bloating
  • Burping or flatulence
  • Heartburn or acid reflux

These are all symptoms of aerophagia, or air eating, which is a common CPAP side effect. Aerophagia happens when air goes into your stomach instead of your airways during the night.

What causes these uncomfortable symptoms?

The most common culprit is your exhaled air not escaping the CPAP system when you breathe out. Pressure problems (both too high and too low), sinus blockage, and mask issues can all lead to aerophagia.

How to fix your aerophagia:

1. Use a CPAP that adjusts your pressure throughout the night.

If the pressure levels aren’t tailored to your needs, then your chance of swallowing air accidentally in the night increases. The best solution is upgrading to an auto CPAP. An auto CPAP will automatically titrate, or adjust, the pressure, so you always get the correct pressure night after night. It can even adjust for your sleeping position or how tired you are that evening.

These machines are programmed with a sophisticated algorithm that monitors your breathing in order to determine the most comfortable and effective settings for you at any given moment. The constant adjustments of the auto CPAP are essential to ensure that you continue to get the most out of your CPAP therapy.

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2. Upgrade to a CPAP with advanced comfort settings.

If you’re having trouble exhaling but your pressure level is already matching your needs, then you’ll want to use EPR, which stands for Expiratory Pressure Relief. EPR is a standard feature on ResMed’s Airsense 10 AutoSet that reduces the pressure of your therapy only when you exhale. The AirSense has other advanced comfort settings, such as:

  • Auto-titration: Smart algorithm automatically adjusts your therapy pressure as your needs change
  • Humidification: 7 levels of humidity and an optional heated tube ensures you don’t dry out
  • AutoRamp: Starts your sleep therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep more comfortably
  • Auto-titration: Smart algorithm automatically adjusts your therapy pressure as your needs change
  • Humidification: 7 levels of humidity and an optional heated tube ensures you don’t dry out
  • AutoRamp: Starts your sleep therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep more comfortably

Upgrade to the AirSense today for just $99 down and 0% APR!

3. Clean your CPAP supplies effectively to avoid sinus congestion.

If your CPAP supplies aren’t clean or harboring germs, then you can end up with plugged sinuses and a belly full of air. Keeping your equipment clean will keep you healthier, and open sinuses means easier breathing. Sanitize your CPAP properly with the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner so you don’t get any sinus irritation from germs. The Sleep8 CPAP cleaner features:

  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine
  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

Save $100 when you buy the Sleep8 today!

4. Make sure you are using the right mask.

If you have a nasal cushion mask but your mouth opens during the night, then you can end up gulping air as the therapy escapes out your mouth. Similarly, nasal pillow masks with blocked exhale ports can have the same problem, forcing your mouth open during the night. A full face mask, such as ResMed’s AirFit F30, will let you breathe out through your mouth instead of swallowing the air. The AirFit F30 features:

  • Under-the-nose full face cushion: Reduces red marks and irritation on the nasal bridge
  • QuietAir technology: Makes for a quieter experience for you and your bed partner
  • Quick-release elbow and universal headgear: Makes taking your mask on and off easier than ever
  • Under-the-nose full face cushion: Reduces red marks and irritation on the nasal bridge
  • QuietAir technology: Makes for a quieter experience for you and your bed partner
  • Quick-release elbow and universal headgear: Makes taking your mask on and off easier than ever

Save $20 when you buy the AirFit F30 today!


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