08-09-2015, 08:25 AM
(This post was last modified: 08-09-2015, 08:25 AM by Jneditch.)
Hello all, first post.
So I was a little startled today when I woke up and realized I had my mask on, but my CPAP machine was off. I was so tired last night I guess I put my mask on and forgot to turn on the machine.
I have a full face mask, but I guess they are designed for a worst case scenario to sleep with the mask on, but no power to the machine in case your power goes out.
Just wondering if anyone else has ever done this and is it dangerous? I was worried I could've done damage to myself since I was sleeping without getting full air.
I've been using CPAP for about a year. First time I ever did something this stupid.
Hi Jneditch, welcome to Apnea Board.
It's very unlikely you could do yourself any damage by sleeping with the machine off. The mask is vented to allow exhaled air to be expelled, and if the machine isn't running, a flap valve in the hose connection allows the vents to operate in reverse. You can test this out easily enough by putting the mask on and breathing normally before you turn the machine on. In the event something did go wrong, I'm pretty sure you'd wake up enough to pull the mask off, anyway.
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