CPAP masks for side sleepers are designed to provide the user with both comfort and mask security, in order to improve the effectiveness of apnea treatment.
People who use CPAP masks that sleep on their backs do not have to worry about the style of mask they use, however for the side sleeper, their options can be fairly limited.
The right type of mask can also depend on other aspects of sleep, such as how you breathe and whether you suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety.
The Benefits of CPAP Masks for Side Sleepers
A CPAP mask for slide sleepers will fit snugly, providing the right amount of cushion in order to prevent red marks or sores from developing and they should also remain in place, even for users who are restless sleepers.
Full face masks are designed for individuals who sleep on their back. The full face apnea mask can easily become dislodged for users who sleep on their side. This will cause an air leak, making CPAP treatment ineffective.
Nasal pillows are designed with side sleepers in mind and are also a good option for people who sleep on their stomach or for those individuals who enjoy TV watching or reading in bed.
The nasal pillows will fit inside the nares and provide a tight seal that will prevent air leaks from occurring, regardless of the position you sleep in.
The nasal mask fits over the nose and is also a better option than a full face mask, for those users who like to sleep in different positions.
CPAP masks for side sleepers can also be used with apnea pillows. These pillows are designed specifically for PAP therapy and feature cutouts to accommodate the machine’s tubing.
There are also certain styles of apnea pillows that are designed specifically for stomach sleepers and feature cutouts for the face and tubing. These masks can also be used for BIPAP masks which are great for side sleepers, or any type of PAP therapy.
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What to Know Before Purchasing an Apnea Mask
Before you buy an apnea mask, speak with your doctor for recommendations, based on your sleeping habits and whether you breathe out of your nose, mouth, or both.
If you tend to breathe out of your mouth during sleep, then you may be unable to use certain masks, such as the nasal pillows. Your physician may recommend using a chinstrap, which works with most models of masks.
The chinstrap will fit over the lower jaw and connect to your mask, preventing your mouth from opening during the night.
Before you decide on a mask, make sure you try them on. The sizes can vary by manufacturer and you’ll need to consider whether or not a mask can accommodate a chinstrap or side sleeping.