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Desentization Steps

CPAP desensitization is the process by which you become sufficiently "used" to the new sensory inputs from CPAP equipment that you can actually sleep. Important steps include getting used to the mask whenever possible by wearing the detached mask while you're awake, watching television, etc. Listening to your CPAP run during the day can also get you used to the noise.

The sense of smell can play an important role in getting used to CPAP therapy. Like other senses, the sense of smell is on "alert" whenever we experience a new environment. Remember how your house smelled the last time you came back from a long trip? The truth is that this is pretty much how your house smells all of the time–you just get "used" to the smell after being there a few hours.

In CPAP therapy, the sensations of plastic and other smells are heightened initially, as we are experiencing something new. Fortunately, cognitive distraction–the ability to focus attention on a pleasant smell to the exclusion of other distractions–is a powerful feature of the sense of smell. Using aromatics in connection with CPAP therapy can be a quick, simple, and effective way to help you become desensitized to CPAP equipment. The sense of smell has direct neurological connections to the limbic system, the emotional centers of the brain.

Over time you may note that you are not as consciously aware of the PurSleep aromatics as when you first started using them. This is to be expected as the central nervous system becomes de-sensitized to your CPAP equipment. And while you may not be as consciously aware of the presence of the aromatics, your central nervous system is aware of their presence as the aromatics still play a role in helping you to become and to stay de-sensitized to your CPAP equipment.

Desensitization Steps


1. Find one of the Pur-Sleep aromatics that you like best. Close your eyes and think about how you would feel smelling it while trying to relax and sleep.

2. Start enjoying the aromatic by placing a drop or two on a Diffusion Pad and using either a safety pin or double-sided tape to attach the pad to your clothing or some other nearby location. At the same time, wear your CPAP mask at home during the day for at least one hour, so your central nervous system starts to associate the pleasant smell with the mask.

3. Place the aromatic near the CPAP air intake as explained in the Product Guide. Attach the mask to the CPAP machine and turn it on. Practice breathing through the mask for one hour while watching television, reading or performing some other sedentary activity.

4. Use the aromatic and CPAP during scheduled one-hour naps at home.

5. Use the aromatic and CPAP during initial 3-4 hours of nocturnal sleep.

6. Use the aromatic and CPAP through an entire night of sleep.