Best Online CPAP Support Groups and Resources

CPAP is hard. Proper education during the set-up and beyond is critical. Another key factor for success is support from your healthcare provider, family and friends, or other CPAP users (here’s our post about a study that shows patients with family support have better CPAP compliance).

In this blog post we provide info about five of the best online support groups and educational resources for PAP users.

First, a couple of definitions:

What’s a CPAP wiki? A CPAP knowledge-base, just like Wikipedia, that users can use to learn more about all things related to CPAP and can contribute by editing articles, creating and formatting new pages and moderation content. Usually includes a clear list of topics that need further contributions and editing. 

What is a CPAP user forum? This is an online support group where you can ask other CPAP users and sleep professionals questions about your therapy and diagnosis. Usually the forums are set up like message boards for different categories and you can post your question and receive answers. These forums are usually very supportive and moderated (for good behavior and to make sure users follow the forum rules). Even if you don’t set-up your own account (which is usually free) you can view the message boards as a guest and search for questions that other users have asked that may help you.

Now, the sites:

Apnea Board


  • CPAP user forum (HIGHLIGHT: Includes an inspiring thread of CPAP success stories here)
  • CPAP wiki with 183 articles as of 6/7/2016
  • CPAP set-up manuals
  • Supplier lists


Hosted by the American Sleep Apnea Association, this site is a directory of free CPAP user groups across the United States. A.W.A.K.E. stands for Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic.

Features include:

  • Educational content about sleep apnea, diagnosis and treatment
  • Directory of user groups across the country
  • Resources for starting an A.W.A.K.E. group in your area
  • Links to other American Sleep Apnea Association resources, such as their CPAP assistance program., online supplier of CPAP devices, supplies and accessories, hosts this comprehensive online community.

Features include:

  • CPAP user forum (HIGHLIGHT: Read this post: Building Your CPAP Support Team)
  • CPAP wiki with 106 articles as of 6/7/2016
  • Product challenge. Forum users can request to participate in product challenges to test new equipment and compare it to their current equipment and provide their feedback. Learn more here.


Hosted by The Lanky Lefty, a registered polysomnographic technician in Elk Grove, California (check out his entertaining and informative YouTube Channel video series here).

Features include:

  • CPAP user forum (HIGHLIGHT: Threads
  • Reviews of CPAP masks
  • Educational content on sleep apnea diagnosis and CPAP. Including touchy subjects like CPAP & sex.
  • YouTube channel (link above, includes educational content and product reviews)

Wake Up To Sleep

This is Resmed’s (major PAP equipment manufacturer) sleep apnea support community. The site includes:

  • Blog
  • Educational content about diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea
  • Links to register for MyAir, a free web app for ResMed AirSense 10 PAP machines to track usage, events per hour and mask issues. Includes options for emailing or texting you usage alerts, treatment tips and encouragement messages.

Are there other forums, online communities or educational resources that have helped you with your CPAP therapy? If so, please share in the comments below so that this post can be updated. 

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  1. Zale Mecham Reply

    I live in a rural area! I do not feel like my center is very knowledgeable about the cpap! I am will to sign up, pay a fee, whatever! Thank Zale Mecham had mine for five months! Very impress how much it has helped!

  2. Sylvia Reply

    Does anyone know of a supplier who rents cpap machines for travel?

  3. Steve Reichert Reply

    Thanks for the Apnea Board suggestion. Went there and received a lot of good solid advice from some very knowledgeable people. Also got a free setup manual for my CPAP, which helps a lot.

  4. Kevin D Reply

    I have tried several things and my CPAP Machine still makes a noise at night; whining/gurgling/whistling sound. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  5. Malissa Boudreaux Reply

    Hi! I am looking for information regarding possible financial assistance with purchasing a whole-home standby generator for someone who suffers from sleep apnea and cannot afford to purchase a generator.
    Thank you!

  6. David Fellows Reply

    Hello, I am back with another question. I have been on CPAP since 1994 and am a mouth breather. I sleep on all sides with movement all during the night due to sleep terrors and such. I recently had a new sleep study done within the last 3-4 months and my pressure went from a 16 to a 28! Mind you the last sleep study prior to this was with the VA about 8 years ago which had me at a 16 but I have had a LARGE weight gain since that time after several neck, back and shoulder surgeries.. The VA has been reading my card every 3-4 years claims all is good. Every mask I have tried leaks at this high a pressure even though in the specs it says up to a pressure of 30 for most masks. Several folks on here said I should get another study because they believe a mistake was made but lo and behold I had another study done 2 weeks ago and it is at 28. I have tried the following full face masks with no success: F&P FlexiFit 431. Mirage Quattro, Amara View, AirFit F20 with silicone and the memory foam insert and the Ultra Mirage. I am thinking of trying a total face mask hoping to prevent the leaks. Can someone tell me the difference in these 2 total face masks? FitLife Total Face CPAP Mask and just the Total Face Mask both by Respironics? Any help would be helpful.

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      Have you tried tongue suction holders which only cost $30 or less? Works for me and easy to use or travel with!

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  8. Linda melenyzer Reply

    Has any one had body itching spoon waking in
    The morning on cpap.?

  9. Winston Elston Reply

    I just called to order a replacement for my headgear and learned that the Covidien Breeze Nasal Pillow system is no longer available. I have tried other headgear and have been unable to adjust to the fit. Can anyone who has transitioned to other headgear make any recommendations, or does anyone know of a source? I use a REMSTAR machine with a 9 cm pressure. I’m on my back-up gear now, and might be able to cobble something together, but I need a new one.

  10. David Reply

    If your CPAP mask is uncomfortable, or leaves marks on your skin, you could try a FaceCozy, which helps make the mask more comfortable.

  11. Shirley Albert Reply

    Can anyone suggest me best CPAP mask that is comfortable as my current mask is not working well.

  12. Nancy Reply

    I have head pressure…like you are on an airplane… when I use my cpap machine with this head pressure I get disorientated and feel off balance for most of the day. What causes this or how can the head pressure be treated so it goes away so I can get back on my cpap.

  13. Marifer Reply

    The Apnea Board really helped my sister a lot. And i agree that it is one of the best resources on this list. @Nancy you can try to register to the forum and ask about your problem there. 🙂

  14. Kathy Reply

    Hi, I have used a cpap machine for 5 years with no trouble. Now with the Dream machine, my throat is so dry, I can hardly pull my mouth apart after several hours. I have a full face mask, heated tube, moisturizer dish, I fill the dish every night, and still my mouth is sooo dry. I use Biotene to rinse my mouth after waking up several times a night and still too dry. What type of machine would be best for me. When I take a sleep test, I only sleep 2 hours. I can’t fall asleep there. I need my sleep. Any suggestions, please!

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