Smart Accessories To Make Your Cpap Mask More Comfortable

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Those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea can benefit greatly from CPAP therapy. However, some people, particularly neophytes, may have trouble adjusting to CPAP therapy to sleep through the night.

The good news is there are many things that you can do to help make your mask more comfortable to wear while you rest. Your CPAP experience can be further improved by adding some accessories to the mix.

Here, we will discuss some smart accessories that you can use to make your CPAP mask more comfortable.

 

What are the Common Difficulties With CPAP Machines?

Everyone has a different face shape and size. As such, the wrong mask style or the wrong size may adversely affect your CPAP experience. Some people will also have trouble getting used to wearing a CPAP machine.

There is a learning curve involved, and it may take some time to learn the ins and outs of your machine. Try wearing it during the day now and then to get a feel for the device and the mask.

You also need to make sure that the mask is not leaking, as a leaky mask will lead to a dry or stuffy nose. Using a nasal spray before going to bed may also help if you suffer from a stuffy and dry nose.

Moreover, you shouldn't have to adjust the straps of the mask to prevent air leakage. If you do, then the mask needs to be fitted properly. Any skin irritation that develops from wearing the mask also needs to be reported to your doctor.

An ill-fitted or leaking mask will affect the air pressure, causing your skin to become irritated. You may need to change the style or size of the mask you use or try adjusting the straps and pads to help solve the issue.

If you are having trouble falling asleep, then wearing the mask during the day may help you adjust. You should also exercise regularly, and you should avoid tobacco or alcohol use before going to bed. You should also only go to bed if you are tired.

Most modern CPAP machines are whisper quiet, but if the noise of your device is bothering you, you should check to see if the air filter is blocked or dirty. Earplugs or a white noise machine can also be used to reduce the noise of the machine.

 

How Can I Make My CPAP Mask More Comfortable?

You must follow the proper setup for your unique needs and limitations. The right pressure also needs to be maintained so that you can sleep comfortably. Picking the right size and type of mask for your unique facial size and contours is also key.

If you are a mouth breather, you may obtain relief from snoring by using a full face mask instead. Your mask needs to be fitted right, and air leakage and CPAP rainout must also be prevented.

If the mask tubing is getting in the way, you may want to consider switching to a different pillow. Also, if your mask is making you feel claustrophobic, then switching to a nasal pillow mask is recommended. 

Nasal pillow masks are quieter, lighter, and smaller than conventional masks.

A mask liner is a comfortable and soft piece of fabric that will form a barrier between your skin and mask. It is designed to help prevent leaks and skin irritation.

A nasal pillow mask is made to fit directly into the patient's nostrils to direct airflow. If you toss and turn in your sleep and breathe through your nose, then a nasal pillow mask may help.

A hose cover can be used to warm the air that passes through the CPAP tube. It will help reduce condensation so that you do not get water splashed onto your face and warm, cozy, and soft.

Nasal pads can help with mask leakage and skin irritation problems. They will help prevent facial sores and rashes so that you will quickly acclimate to your new CPAP mask and machine.

If you deal with nosebleeds or dry nasal passages due to your nasal cannulas, moisturizers can help. 

However, the moisturizers you use must be designed for CPAP masks, as conventional moisturizers will cause the materials in your CPAP mask to break down over time.

CPAP mask wipes are cleaning disposable wipes. Ensure that your mask is clean and fresh before going to bed by using a mask wipe to wipe down your mask in under a minute.

Nasal gel pads can be placed on your skin before you go to bed. They will create a durable barrier around the edge of the CPAP mask to reduce chafing and leakage. 

Dry and cracked skin will also be restored, thanks to the natural hydration that the aloe vera in the gel provides.

Custom headgear is a must if you want your CPAP setup to match your unique personal style. If you want an outlet to express yourself better, you can choose from dozens of different headgear options that are highly stylized.

You can find a style and colour that caters to your discerning tastes, from camouflage and light blue to pink and leopard print.

CPAP accessories can help maximize the benefits that your CPAP machine and mask provide. Enhanced sleep may translate to enhanced mood and concentration in the morning, allowing you to perform at your best at work.

 

Sleep Better, Live Better

Better sleep may help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes. You can also reduce daytime sleepiness and lose weight quicker by using a state-of-the-art CPAP machine to help treat your sleep apnea and snoring.



Erin Gregory

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Erin Gregory is a blogger in Toronto. She is currently working as a Community Manager for several small businesses. She has graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.

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