Sleep Medicine Specialist Questions Sleep Apnea

Mask leaks

My husband is using a CPAP machine. He has adjusted well and the machine shows one or two stops (apneas) most nights. However the machine often shows mask leaks. Does this matter and mean his treatment is not effective? He is not overweight and exercises 3 X per week.

Male | 67 years old
Complaint duration: 2 years
Medications: Statins
Conditions: Sleep apnea

1 Answer

Less than 5 apneas an hour is considered normal, but having a mask leak does make its use less effective. Proper mask adjustment is imperative to reach full benefit. It is likely the apenas could come to zero if the leak is eliminated. Please consult with a sleep specialist to assess your machine, and replace it if it is found to be faulty.

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