Routines Lead to Greater CPAP Usage

Jul 2, 2013

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a strong bedtime routine was one of the best predictors of CPAP adherence. For those users without a routine, non-adherence was 3.7 times greater than those who had a strict bedtime routine: retiring to sleep at the same time every night with a habitual set of activities just before turning on the CPAP machine.

The results show that CPAP use is strongly correlated with a stable bedtime schedule. Long term use of CPAP therapy requires stable bedtime schedules that lead to Sleep Apnea therapy success. The results were derived from the diaries of 97 CPAP users who were to record their experiences before and during therapy over the course of seven days. Compliance data were gathered objectively from the CPAP machines. The researchers realized that the patients who had erratic bedtimes were more likely to become frustrated with their CPAP experience. These findings lend themselves to the concept that any new health routines require dedication and consistency in order to become adopted into the user’s routine over time.

The results are encouraging and open up a new realm of possibilities that sleep therapists can use to improve long-term adoption of CPAP use. Many new CPAP users abandon therapy within several months of beginning use due to the difficulty of becoming accustomed to the new sleep style, even with the positive effects that are touted by undergoing the treatment and the positive feelings experienced the day after therapy.