CPAP Mastery Toolkit

If you are struggling to use your CPAP. There are 5 steps here:

Step # 1 . Watch the  first video below titled " I Rather DIE than Use My CPAP." 

Step # 2 .  Watch the second video below titled "Case Studies That Will Inspire You."

 These are the shocking answers I received to that one question I asked of  people who initially HATED  their CPAP & totally wanted to give up on treating their sleep apnea.  The questions was..."What is the one thing that surprised you now that you are finally able to sleep comfortably with your CPAP?"

What happened was, I pretty much begged these good people and manage to convince them to give CPAP one last chance by giving me the opportunity to help them overcome their frustration with using their CPAP machine and mask. 

 Please be aware of this.

 I worked with a gentleman who returned his CPAP about 2 years ago. He was so frustrated with the experience and the monthly billing issues, that in total frustration he returned the CPAP against medical advice.

He did not get any refund at all for any monies he had paid for any co-payments and monthly rental fees.

In the meantime, he did not even try treating his sleep apnea with alternative therapies.

He just ignored it.

Now today, he has Atrial Fibrillation, his cardiologist is insisting that he start treating his sleep apnea as soon as possible.

His insurance won’t pay for a new machine.

He initially paid slightly over $500 in co-payments and monthly rental payments when he initially returned it.

If you do the math, he practically owned the CPAP.

He now has to personally buy a new CPAP machine at full price.

To make matters worse,  he is currently not in a strong place financially as he used to be.

Luckily he took my advice and purchased a used Auto CPAP according to his doctor’s specification and he now owns it outright for about $300. It has low hours and it is a top of the line model with features he can easily benefit from. 

I also gave him a free sample brand new CPAP full face mask that would have easily cost him an additional $100 that he could not afford.

The moral of this real life story is that if he continued paying the monthly rental fee of about $36 for an additional 2 more months, he would not have experienced all these problems.  The CPAP machine would have been his. The health insurance policy he had 2 years ago was renting his CPAP machine for about 10 months and after that he owned it outright with no additional payments. He was on his 8th month of rental when he gave up.

I tried to help him logically look at it from a logical perspective but he was to frustrated, angry and tired to comprehend what I was advising him, 2 years prior.

After he owned the CPAP, he could have given up the CPAP but at least he had the CPAP in his possession.

If he kept his original CPAP and mask, all he had to was clean the dust of it and used it again.

So please, hold on to your CPAP. Please do not give it back.

Even if you intend  never to use a CPAP right now.

But in our experience, we find that most people within 2 to 4 years of giving up, will return to trying to use CPAP again.......but they will pay dearly with their health and financially if they did nothing to treat and control their sleep apnea in that time frame.

Step # 3. Read "The 8 Biggest Reasons Most People Will Give Up On Using Their CPAP". (Can you see yourself as one of them?)

  The 8 biggest reasons why people give up:

1.   Lack of benefit. "I don't feel any better when I use the CPAP." Even though there is clinical proof that the CPAP is definitely working, if a CPAP user's  perception is that there is no improvement in symptoms and how it has made their life better, he/she will most likely give up.

2.   CPAP Side Effects and Problems ( mask discomfort, dry eyes, inconvenience, noise, difficulty falling asleep, bloating,   waking up frequently, dry mouth, etc.).


3.   Money. - The out of pocket copayments for the CPAP and mask are very expensive. To make matters worse, most health insurance policies will rent the CPAP first before you own it. So when you do the math and add up all the costs, most people are actually paying cash for the CPAP and mask .

4.   Insurance policy - failure to meet the 70% compliance rule. Even though you are paying for it, the insurance wants proof that you are using your CPAP at least 4 hours in a 24 hour day, and 21 out of 30 days a month.

5.  Someone diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea but always denies ever feeling sleepiness during the day. This type of individual is shown to most likely give up.

6.  A person who easily feels claustrophobia  will give up using CPAP quickly. Someone with a score greater than 25 on the modified Fear and Avoidance Scale predicts that individual,  twice as likely will use CPAP for fewer than 2 hours per night.

7.  It was never their idea to take the sleep test in the first place. If the idea to seek medical attention for the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea was not the CPAP user, and was, in particular, the bed partner's, these individuals typically will give up the use of CPAP much quicker when faced with a CPAP problem or issue. Such individuals have not mentally taken ownership and deep acknowledgement they truly have a serious medical problem. 

8. " I am single, who would want to be with me sleeping with this thing! How attractive can I be to someone else if I have to wear a mask to bed every night?"

Step # 4.  Use the very same information, advice and tips we used to help the people in Video #1 and Video # 2. Give us a chance to help you. Try 100% Risk Free..our "Advance Help CPAP Video Guide" .  We know that our advice is sound because we see it work almost daily. Find out more information by clicking here.

Step # 5. CPAP Accessories that helps.

Step # 6.  Read the  "16 Powerful Insights That Will Save Your Life & You A Lot Of Money".

16 Powerful Insights That Will Save Your Life & You A Lot Of Money:

Insight #1

  • Please remember the ultimate goal is not that you use your CPAP machine.

  • The ultimate goal is to treat your Sleep Apnea

  • That means get it done using your CPAP, BiLevel (BiPAP) or any of the alternative methods available.

Insight # 2

  •   Do not give  your CPAP back  just yet. You may feel like driving  over to the home medical equipment companies office and return it.  But please don’t.

          At least not yet.

Firstly, if you return it, you will not get any refunds for any monies paid. That money is lost.

Secondly, as it happens in most cases, most people within 2 to 4 years  after returning their CPAP will be forced to try using CPAP again. 

Usually, the reason for this is because they will suffer a humbling medical challenge and their doctor is yelling at them for not taking care of the sleep apnea back then, and now their are paying dearly with their life for their rash judgment.

Thirdly, a lot of health insurance companies, are refusing to pay for another CPAP.

Their reasoning for this is that they approved it before and the person gave  back the CPAP prematurely. Most likely that person will probably do it again. So they won’t approve it.

Now you have to pay close to  $800 for a new CPAP and mask. Or if they approve it, you still have to meet your out of pocket deductible (on average most people have to pay the first $2500 out of pocket per year)

Fourthly, if you had the CPAP machine and mask in your possession, you could at any time go back and try using it. There is no additional cost other than wiping the dust off it and try again.

Insight # 3

  Research shows that over 40% of new CPAP users will "give up" within the first 3 months of getting the CPAP.

That is a lot of people who abandon CPAP therapy prematurely.

But the almost 60% that don't give up, most of them have been severely tempted to give up also. 

 I can relate to this,  because I too struggled when it came to treating my sleep apnea initially.

My overall health was bad, always feeling tired, I was quick to get moody, I had unregulated blood pressure, my memory was no longer sharp, I was doing just enough work to help people but barely being as effective in my job as I used to be.

I was always too tired to be a effective and loving father to my children,  and the best husband I aspire to be to my wife.

But time and time again, they are many people (just like me) who set goals and the moment they hit obstacles, they pull the brakes and just stop.

They just abandon the original goal. Whatever that maybe.  And they just give up. What’s worse, they don’t even try to find an alternative solution. They don’t even try another road to the destination when all is needed is try a few detours around the problem.

When I study and analyze the reason why I give up on any goal I have set for myself….almost all the time it is because I just did not fully commit to solving a personal problem, or achieving a personal best.  

I was scared, so I chickened out.

I did not properly focus on what I needed to do.

I did not look for alternative solutions when I hit a problem.

If it felt uncomfortable, I would for sure give up.

I did not cultivate the muscle of “grit”, “steadfastness”, “doggedness”, “persistence”.

I just did easy things or did everything I could to avoid uncomfortableness even if sticking it through will lead to positive things.

I rather live in the comfort of the dysfunctional known rather than find my way in the unknown and find or create a solution to my problems.

Insight # 4

What ?!

If they can do it. So can I !

Research shows that Europeans use CPAP longer than North Americans.

CPAP compliance rate (the rate at which someone uses the CPAP more than 4 hours when they sleep with it) is significantly higher in Europe  than in North America (80% vs 46% within the first 3 months) .

 Understand that millions of people have undergone the exact same frustration and problems as you have with regards to using their CPAP.

No difference.

If it can work for them, why can’t this work for you?

It definitely can!

Get mad.

Get angry.

Get inspired.

What you are experiencing is normal and expected.

Think about it, for years all you had to do is lay down in your favorite and comfortable position, close your eyes and drift of to sleep.

Now you expected to strap a mask on your face, with air being forcefully shoved down your face, and now fall asleep.

It's hard but doable.

I'm not saying it is easy. I'm saying it is worth it.

Insight # 5

 Create some psychological break

Always check with your doctor first before doing this.

Take a mini vacation from your CPAP and then try again.

Sometimes the space you create between the CPAP and you will change your perspective.

  • Watch these videos to really understand what the heck sleep apnea is and how you come across to your family when you sleep. 

  • You must build a better tolerance level and mental muscle to power yourself through the learning curve to master your CPAP and mask. It takes time and most importantly persistence.

  • I meet someone almost every week who just a few years ago hated using their CPAP and returned it. Now they are back on it again  and doing very well on the CPAP.

What changed?

The machines and mask may have changed slightly but not that drastically.

The answer is....their mindset.

 They finally became sick and tired of being sick and tired. When doing nothing is not an option.

  •  My suggestion is watch these videos  that help  your knowledge of what Sleep Apnea really is.

  • In my experience about 8 out of 10 people only think they know what sleep apnea is....but they really don't.
  •  In the meantime reach out to your home medical equipment company that gave you your CPAP and have them help you with all the problems you are encountering.

Insight # 6

  • The average CPAP user takes somewhere between  3 to 6 months  before being able to sleep “most of the night” with their CPAP. 
  • They just rough it out.  They understand that these things take time. 

  • Yes, there are some lucky bunch of people who very quickly get acclimated to using their CPAP. Clearly it is not you and me. 

  • In the initial period when I first started using my CPAP machine and mask, I struggled a lot.  It was a joke, somewhere around 15 minutes, while in deep sleep, I would take the mask off. What is my excuse? I specialize in this field, and yet I also struggled.  So I just used the very same strategies I teach to my patients. What a transformation !

  • Using my CPAP and finally treating my sleep apnea is the best thing that could happen to me. In case you don't know, I stop breathing on average 78 times an hour !

Insight # 7

The average CPAP user will try 2 to 4 different types of CPAP masks before settling in on one type that is “relatively comfortable” (not necessarily perfect). That means, what you are experiencing is part of the normal "growing pains" most of us CPAP users under go.

Insight # 8

Research shows CPAP has a residual or carry-over effect, which can decrease the severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea for the rest of the night after only 4 hours of use.  

Longer than 4 hours of use , the better it is for you. Memory, alertness, daytime sleepiness, snoring, mood, and quality of life is measurably improved, when CPAP is used a minimum  of 4 hours.

However, these residual effects of CPAP last only for 3 to 4 hours and are lost if it is not used every night.

Insight # 9

Research has shown that 5-year survival was decreased in patients with untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index) over 20, particularly those under the age of 50.

Please take your diagnosis very seriously.

Insight # 10

Research shows the inner decision to embrace CPAP occurs during the first few days after diagnosis.

We find that people, who have made the inner decision that "I have sleep apnea and I must find a way to get use to my CPAP one way or the other", typically succeeds.

If CPAP does not work for them, they will try one of the many alternative therapies. They just don't give up.

Insight # 11

Research shows having  someone knowledgable to turn to for help significantly increases the ability to overcome any problems and successfully sleep with their CPAP.

Having someone very knowledgable and available to reinforce the important benefits of this treatment, to immediately troubleshoot any CPAP mask problems, provide solutions to the many CPAP side effects and problems that crop up, and to provide education...significantly improves compliance.

Insight # 12

A CPAP user that has a bed partner that encourages them to keep using and help find a solution with them to any problems that arise. That person is successful in using their CPAP.

Insight # 13

Research shows, A CPAP user who is proactive and aggressive to look for solutions the moment they experience a problem or question.

Such individuals typically are success in sleeping with the CPAP. They are quick to reach out to the medical equipment company and doctor's office looking for solutions to their problems.

Insight # 14 

 Research shows that a person who  keeps daily  track of how many hours they used their CPAP last night, how low they were able to reduce their AHI score and how good the mask fit without leaking....such individuals do well with CPAP.  The simple act of keeping scores just motivates them to keep going. I myself check to see how well I slept last night with my CPAP every morning.

That is why all the major manufacturer's of CPAP ... Philips Respironics and ResMed.....they both have seen the research and have created Smartphone Apps.

Most of my patients monitor their usage statistics almost daily. This really has proven to motivate people to keep using their CPAP.

Insight # 15

What is most disturbing is, the majority of the people who have returned their CPAP machines, have never reached out to either the doctor's office or the medical equipment company for help. 

They had decided on their own, that using a CPAP was never going to work out and the moment the first uncomfortableness or problem showed up .....  "See I was right, this is not gonna work for me." Please choose to not be that person.

Insight # 16

Sleep Apnea does not just silently go away. 

You must deal with it or there will be consequences to pay.

This is the new normal.

You can no longer sleep the way you use to before being diagnosed with sleep apnea.

It has not been working well for you from a clinical or health stand point.

Come to terms with it. Get this in your head, your mind, and in your heart. 

There is no going back to the old days. This is the new normal for you.

It is a mindset. It does not have to be using a CPAP, it could be any of the alternative therapies out there available for you. 

I personally have used the philosophy of Dan Sullivan (Life and Business Coach) in my personal life and I apply this mindset it in my patient's life.

Read and ponder what he said and see if it makes sense to you. 

Let me ask you this, what happens to a diabetic who ignores his current medical situation and eats and lives like he used to without life style modification and medication?  - amputation, neuropathy and so on. 

Watch these videos.

First let me state the obvious

 You  have three choices:

a)  Use our help and our advice, you can surprise yourself and come to like sleeping with your CPAP/BiLevel machine. We have successfully helped thousands of people with our advice. 

b)    Treat it with Alternative Treatments. ( There is strengths and weaknesses attach to each alternative treatments. We can show you this year's best alternative treatment options,  and what you absolutely need to know about them before deciding.

c)    Do absolutely nothing. (This is suicide.)