So you have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and the next step to your treatment is finding a CPAP Mask to help you sleep better at night.
Like many new things in life, incorporating CPAP into your life is not an easy thing to do and is going to be a bit of an adjustment. But what’s important to remember is that this is all just one more step in to getting a good night’s sleep! And that should be you main motivator for this next step.
Now, shopping for a CPAP Mask is something very complex (like buying new glasses, for example). There are many parts to a mask that are different from each other and have features that make itself unique to your lifestyle, including adjustable straps and the positioning of the mask part itself (just to name a few). There are many varieties of masks that come in different shapes and sizes. Finding a mask that fits properly and is comfortable is crucial to proper CPAP therapy.
Here are some things to keep in mind about your lifestyle when shopping for a CPAP mask:
- Do read or watch TV before bed?
- Do you wear glasses?
- Do you think you would feel claustrophobic in a full-face mask?
- Which side of your body do you sleep on?
- Do you have long thick hair? Can it be tied up easily at night?
- Do you move a lot when you sleep?
- Are you more of a mouth-breather or a nose breather?
Also, taking proper care of your mask is important. Mask parts and the mask need to be replaced about every 3-6 months. Facial oils can break down the wear of the mask and the therapy will not work if there is not a proper seal. For this reason, regular cleaning of the mask and mask parts is also essential to successful CPAP therapy.
Most importantly, it is essential that you feel comfortable with the mask and ensure that it fits your lifestyle. Be prepared to work closely with your doctor and/or specialist and try on many masks until you find the one that’s right for you. If you are ordering online, be sure that there is a mask guarantee program in place.
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