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Hello! My husband has obstructive sleep apnea. Last week he started to use a CPAP mask recommended by his doctor. We know that he will need some time to get used to it and we expect that he will feel certain discomfort, but we didn’t expect he could not sleep at all. He sleeps even worse than before and his biggest problem is to fall asleep. I was wondering if he can use sleeping drugs during CPAP therapy.

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Hello! CPAP is very useful. It keeps the airways open by adding pressure to the air your husband breathes. It is normal to have some problems in getting used to it and your husband should not be discouraged. Some people think that a sleeping pill might help new CPAP users adjust to sleeping with the mask. But, many studies showed that that those patients who took sleeping pills were no more likely to use their CPAP machines than those who took a placebo. Sleeping pills are not recommended to the patients with sleep apnea since they relax throat muscles more than normal and airways can get blocked. Your husband should try to read a book, take a cup of tea or a warm bath which will relax him and help to fall asleep easier.
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