In his Psychology Today blog, Michael Breus, PhD, explains the risks associated with patients changing the settings on their positive airway pressure devices themselves.

When a patient sees this behavior from their doctor (where they are simply increasing the pressure), they may say to themselves, “Well, I can certainly do that myself, and I don’t need to waste my time, money or energy coming all the way to see my doctor, much less going back in and having another sleep study which is both uncomfortable and costly.”