What to Consider before you buy CPAP Masks for Side Sleepers

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.

What to Know Before Purchasing a Sleep Apnea Mask

Apnea MaskBefore 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.

What to Look For in the best Full Face Mask

If you sleep on your side, chances are you will find that a mask that fully covers your face is pretty uncomfortable to say the least.

Below you can see some of the best, most comfortable and most affordable that are currently on the market today.

ResMed Swift™ FX

Quite possible the most lightweight and comfortable that you can invest in right now.

Philips Respironics Nuance Pro

This is the first ever "gel pillow" mask made. this technology allows for an extremely snug fit and can mould to your face.

Fisher & Paykel Opus 360

You can anchor it above your head in order to facilitate sleeping on your side. It also has 360 degrees of adjust ability.

AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow

Extremely lightweight and quiet. The lightness of it is what makes it easier for those who slumber sideways! 

Wisp Nasal Mask

Very clever fit around the ears with a choice of silicone or fabric...you can choose whichever you are more used to.

DreamWear Nasal-Fit Pack

Conforms around the head and nose to create a secure and comfortable fit.

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