When you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor probably recommended that you get a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to address your health issue. This machine offers a continuous flow of air through your airways to ensure that they remain open while you sleep. This means you get a better sleep, and that means better waking hours too.
But getting used to a CPAP machine can have some challenges. You need to find a mask that fits you properly to get that better sleep. If it doesn’t fit quite right, you can still have poor sleep – and you have had enough of those! Here are some tips to help you choose the right CPAP mask:
- Style: From the full face mask, nasal interface mask, to the standard nasal mask, there are different styles of masks you can try. Each one offers its own specific benefits based on how it is worn. Make sure you try different styles so that you can compare how to wear and sleep with each mask to find the one that is best for you.
- Fit: After you have found the right type of mask, you need to find one that fits you comfortably. Try different makes in the style you like, and pay attention to its overall snugness – for example, is it too tight or too loose, do the straps get in the way, does the mask leak air? Again, try out different masks until you find one that has the right fit for your head and face.
- Comfort: There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep, but wearing a CPAP mask can take some getting used to. When you first sleep with your mask, it could feel uncomfortable, and rightly so. But give it time – you will soon get used to it. As you get used to it, be aware of any discomfort from wearing the mask. Do you get chafing, do you awaken at night from the device, or are the chin straps digging in? These types of issues can affect the comfort of your mask, and therefore, your sleep.
Finding the right mask can take some time, but it’s time worth taking. Be sure to try different types of masks, ask for multiple fits, and don’t be afraid to ask for adjustments or changes – your overall health depends on it.