Have you ever gone to sleep with a CPAP mask and woke up without one?
Yes, it happens to the best of us!
But, there's actually an easy fix to this common problem.
The key lies in choosing the right CPAP mask for your sleep apnea needs, size, and even sleeping habits.
Why is this important?
The thing is, the only way you'll stick to your sleep apnea protocol is with a comfortable CPAP mask, and as long as you're comfortable, your CPAP equipment will do the rest.
Although it can take some time to adjust to your mask, some styles are more suitable for certain sleeping positions than others, which is why it's important to identify what type of sleeper you are before selecting your new CPAP mask. And keep in mind, many wellness and comfort accessories can facilitate the adjustment to your mask.
Also, remember that a properly sized mask can make it or break it. So make sure your mask is sized perfectly for you.
Depending on your sleeping style, there are certain factors you'll want to consider before purchasing a CPAP mask.
One of the main challenges for side sleepers using CPAP therapy is simply keeping the mask in place. For others, a secure fit is not so much the issue but instead improving facial soreness with soft buckles and surfaces, especially for stomach sleepers.
Active sleepers are more prone to air leakage because of a weak seal around the nose or mouth, so it's essential to find a mask that fits both comfortably and with a secure seal that won't hinder your CPAP therapy, and nasal masks are worth exploring. While back sleepers might benefit from full-face mask coverage.
Additionally, your bed partners' needs and bedtime routine, such as night time reading or watching TV, are important factors to consider that can influence your mask selection.
A good CPAP mask is a vital instrument in the nightly routine of anybody who didn't score so well on their last sleep test. But, with so many different options in the market today, you might feel overwhelmed when choosing the right one for you.
Keep reading to find out how CPAP masks work and which products will work best for your needs.
We'll go over:
- What Are CPAP Masks?
- Who Uses CPAP Masks?
- Types of CPAP Masks
- Top 5 Most Comfortable CPAP Masks
What Are CPAP Masks?
CPAP machines have been the most common treatment for sleep apnea worldwide since they were invented in 1981.
Previously, patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sometimes had to get permanent tracheostomies before CPAP machines existed. Instead, what we have today are simple devices that use oxygen to accommodate your sleep and dramatically improve your life.
CPAP machines help you breathe by delivering a constant flow of pressurized air through a hose into your CPAP mask with enough pressure to nudge the obstruction in your respiratory tract out of the way. This process is simple for a well-fitting mask, but it can be disruptive if the pressure is too strong or if the mask is leaky.
Luckily, technological advancements in this field are vast and growing, so you'll find a great variety of options that can adjust to your individual requirements (more on this below!)
Who Uses CPAP Masks?
People who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed continuous positive airway pressure therapy need to use CPAP equipment which include machines, masks, hoses, and in some cases humidifiers and other accessories.
Apneas are breaks in your regular pattern of breathing throughout the night. A single apnea is harmless, but in the United States, there are 22 million people who experience dozens or hundreds of chronic apneas in a single night. For some, these last for months. Typical symptoms include heavy snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, difficulty with concentration or memory, among many others. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It makes up an estimated 80% of all cases. The upper airways are blocked and prevent fresh oxygen from entering the lungs. Most often, OSA is due to excess tissue in and around the airways. Unchecked, sleep apnea can profoundly affect a person's lifestyle.
Thankfully, a person diagnosed with severe OSA can opt for other treatment alternatives instead of invasive surgery for relief. Modern technology (which includes a CPAP machine) provides the solution to most cases of OSA.
There are three different kinds of masks, and your doctor or sleep specialist can help you in the selection process when you take a sleep test.
Let's take a closer look at each type of CPAP mask, and don't forget to read until the end to see our recommended list of the top 5 most comfortable CPAP masks.
Types of CPAP Masks
Full-Face CPAP Mask
This mask covers your mouth and nose. It is the most effective kind of mask depending on your nighttime movement and susceptibility to discomfort while sleeping. There is also a higher potential for air leakage, thus not intended for active sleepers.
This type of mask is best for back sleepers.
Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask
This is the preferred option for CPAP users with facial hair. It is the smallest kind of mask and leaves the mouth uncovered. The air pressure coming in only from the nose can lead to dryness, which is why a humidifier is advised. Side sleepers must play around with what type of mask stays on and what kind of mask is most comfortable.
This type of mask is best for side sleepers.
Nasal CPAP Mask
This type of mask allows for the most mobility and only covers the nose but is different from a nasal pillow in that it actually covers a part of your face. On the other hand, it may not work as well with congestion or those who suffer from constant allergies. One way to avoid dusty equipment and reduce allergy or cold symptoms is by adhering to an effective cleaning schedule.
This type of mask is best for side or stomach sleepers.
Top 5 Most Comfortable CPAP Masks
ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face Mask
Image Credit: ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face Mask
Users of the ResMed AirFit F30 say that this is a great option for back sleepers. Designed with those who wear glasses in mind, this CPAP mask brings comfort and performance together. The minimal-contact face mask is unique with InfinitySeal™ silicone cushion resting under your nose (rather than on the nasal bridge.)
This mask provides a much more comfortable experience and a good seal perfect for higher pressure users without additional discomfort or red marks (and even claustrophobia) that can occur with cushions that rest on top of the nose. This mask features ResMed's Quietair technology making the F30 one of the quietest masks.
The ResMed AirFit F30 also features magnetic clips and Velcro tabs that allow you to remove the mask easily. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, it has a quick-release elbow that lets you disconnect from the machine without having to take the entire mask off.
ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow Mask
Specialty: Ease of use
Image Credit: ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow
The P10 is best recognized for its simplicity, minimal design, and comfort. It is one of the most popular masks out there nowadays, and highly recommended for side sleepers. It’s easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean.
The P10's minimalistic design replaced the Swift FX mask with enhanced nasal cushions that are softer to pull off and easier to clean and it’s a winning choice for men with facial hair. If you are a mouth breather but still prefer to use nasal pillow masks we suggest you try a chin strap to help keep your mouth closed throughout the night. The Airfit P10 nasal pillow mask is great for those who use high-pressure. With this mask you do not need to worry about pressure points since this is one of the most minimalist masks around.
This mask comes with small, medium, and large cushion sizes so you can select the best fit for you.
Fisher & Paykel Simplus™ Full Face Mask
Image Credit: F&P Simplus™ Full Face Mask
This mask won an HME Business Product Award. The Simplus's headgear clips come off quickly if tugged directly up, which is especially helpful for CPAP users with dementia or Alzheimer's.
This is a well-rounded choice for those who use full-face CPAP masks. Generally, the advantage of full-face masks like the Simplus is that they allow you to breathe through your mouth as well as your nose.
The Simplus is a snug fitting mask that will not shift throughout the night and allow for freedom of movement making it a great option for active sleepers or side sleepers who move from side to side in the middle of the night. It is a breathable mask and it provides a comfortable fit for many face shapes.
The frame is crafted in such a way that it does not impede your line of sight, great for watching TV or reading a book before bedtime.
Fisher & Paykel Eson™ 2 Nasal Mask
Image Credit: F&P Eson™ 2 Nasal Mask
The Eson 2 is a silent operator, and if noise is a problem for you (or your bed partner), you can trust that the Eson 2 will soundproof your nightly routine.
Users talk highly about the filter it has in the exhalation vent making it one of the quietest masks for all pressure settings. As the airflow escapes from your mouth, a diffuser on the mask frame controls noise and that pesky draft that is liable to shoot out of your mask.
The Eson 2 also uses patented RollFit™ mask cushion seal technology to optimize balance, comfort, and performance. It is compatible with most CPAP and Bi-PAP machines.
Philips Respironics DreamWear CPAP Masks
Image Credit: Philips Respironics DreamWear CPAP Masks
One of the best CPAP masks on the market using a silicone frame that features a swivel hose on the top of the head to allow sleepers to turn without disturbance. This also allows for far greater mobility, which is ideal for active sleepers. These masks come in a nasal pillow, nasal mask, and full-face mask, as well as different sizes. This mask design is wonderful because you do not need to change the entire mask if you wish to change the style. The Dreamwear frame is compatible with all 3 cushion styles: full-face, nasal and nasal pillow.
DreamWear nasal pillows allow you to look anywhere you want without disturbing the field of vision.
We recommend the full-face mask or the nasal mask for people who breathe through their noses in their sleep. The nasal cushion of the Dreamwear mask rests on top of your top Nasal pillows tend to be the most comfortable CPAP masks for those who experience claustrophobia or beard-related discomfort. They are the smallest and least disruptive to your nightly routine. You can even wear glasses or watch TV with them, and they are also recommended for side sleepers.
Did You Find What You Were Looking For?
The most comfortable CPAP mask is a personal decision but we hope this information serves you as a guide to identify what is the best choice for you.
And remember, the journey towards better sleep can sometimes take some adjusting and proper direction, but once you find comfort in your devices, your CPAP treatment will change your life.
To find a CPAP mask that fills your nights with sweet dreams rather than twists and turns, explore our wide selection of trusted, high-quality CPAP masks and supplies, or schedule a one-on-once call with our sleep specialist.
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By: The Sleeplay Team
Title: Top 5 Most Comfortable CPAP Masks
Sourced From: sleeplay.com/blogs/news/top-5-most-comfortable-cpap-masks
Published Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:02:33 +0000