CPAPs are great devices for reducing snoring and have been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Unfortunately, some people who start using a CPAP give up because they find them to be too uncomfortable. If that’s you, don’t quit yet. There are many different types of CPAP masks that are made for all different kinds of sleepers. Finding the mask that works best for you can make a huge difference in your comfort level — and ultimately your health.
Full Face Masks
Full face masks are the most common type of mask and cover your nose and mouth. This is also the mask many people find most comfortable because it spreads the pressure of the mask around the largest area. Also, there are no special devices going into or around the nose, which some can find irritating.
A small percentage of people experience mask rash, which is where they suffer an itchy irritation where the mask meets the skin. There are actually several potential causes for mask rash, most of which are easy to fix. If you’re experiencing mask rash, you can read more about it here.
Unlike full face masks, nasal masks only cover the nose. Your preference for this kind of mask all comes down to comfort. Some people like having their mouth free, while others find that the nose-only cone is more distracting than a full face mask. Like a good mattress, the only way to really tell is to try it yourself and see what works for you.
Nasal Pillow Masks
Nasal pillow masks are the most minimalist of the bunch. Instead of covering the nose, the mask sits under it with two nozzles – one going into each nostril. For those that don’t mind having something going slightly into their nose, this is the most lightweight option.
The nasal mask and the nasal pillow masks are also the best options for side sleepers, as they don’t push into the pillow as you lay on your side.
Bonus: CPAP Pillows
Getting the right mask isn’t the only thing you can do to improve your comfort while wearing a CPAP mask. You can also purchase a CPAP pillow, which has cutaways to make room for the tubing. There are lots of options here as well, with everything from specialized travel pillows to those that help with neck pain.
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