CPAP Mask Uncomfortable?
HOW TO FIX PROBLEMS WITH AN UNCOMFORTABLE CPAP MASK?
If you have your CPAP mask uncomfortable, remember that you are not alone. Almost anyone with CPAP treatment has been in this spot at some point.
In this article you will learn what to do if you're having a hard time falling asleep with CPAP or if you find your CPAP mask uncomfortable.
What Should You Know About CPAP Masks
Are you frustrated because you're having a hard time falling asleep with your CPAP mask? There are a couple of things you should know about masks before thinking of throwing them away:
CPAP masks are individual things
I don't believe many DME (Durable Medical Equipment - where you buy CPAP equipment) understand that masks are individual things: what works for one person doesn't work for the other one. Moreover, what's comfortable for some can be a torture for other people.
In other words, because of their individuality, you need to try several masks on, to see how they feel on your face.
But this is not enough! Try them out lying down and see if you feel the same comfort. Then connect the mask to a CPAP machine with your air pressure selected, and check again if you can breathe comfortable.
How do I know what size mask to order?
The last thing you want when you wear your CPAP mask is to feel like the Man in the Iron Mask . Fortunately, there are a plethora of options when it comes to different sizes and different types of CPAP masks. Most masks make is easy and have a sizing guide. On EasyBreathe.com you can find the sizing guide under the additional information tab on the mask page. You can also look for “Fit Packs.”
They comes with multiple sizes so you have options. Did you know that all nasal pillow masks come with multiple sizes when you buy them with a prescription? Nasal pillow masks are great options and you can determine the size through an easy trial and error process.
If you aren’t sure where to start, try our Easy Mask Finder. There is a very good chance that you will find a mask that fits like a glove – you just have to do your due diligence first.
Why is my mask irritating my skin and eyes?
One of the most common mistakes CPAP users mask, is over tightening their CPAP mask, which leads to marks. Try loosening the straps and bit and let the mask form a seal when the air starts to flow. Alternatively, you can also try mask liners. These thin cotton liners protect your face from the plastic. Or, if your headgear/straps are the culprit, try comfort pads.
These fabric pads attach to your headgear with Velcro, protecting your skin and increasing your comfort. For some CPAP users, the hair is the biggest issue. Their mask messes up their hairdo by leaving impressions that won’t go away or causing bald spots. If that sounds familiar, try the Swift Fx Bella nasal pillow mask that simply loops around the ears.
Little tweaks to your CPAP therapy can mean big improvements. Wearing a CPAP mask should feel pretty comfortable and you shouldn’t have to deal with any irritation.
Why is my mouth so dry?
Chances are that you sleep with your mouth open – don’t worry, a lot of us do it. CPAP treatment can already cause slight dry mouth, but if you sleep with your mouth wide open, it can seriously exacerbate the problem.
In this case, you might benefit from getting a chin strap if you use a nasal mask. If that doesn’t work, perhaps it is time to make an upgrade to a full-face mask, which can keep your mouth closed for most of the night. If all else fails, you might need to make an even further upgrade to a heated humidifier, like the AirSense 10 by ResMed.
How do I avoid taking the CPAP mask off when I sleep?
Waking up with your CPAP machine tangled in the sheets, and not on your face, is a common occurrence among sufferers of sleep apnea. If you move around a lot in your sleep, it could be that you yourself are actually taking the mask off.
There are a number of ways to avoid this problem. For one, you could use a humidifier, which can make wearing the mask a lot more comfortable. And if you really thrash around in your sleep, you may benefit from a full face mask, which will be a little harder to remove.
It may take a few days, it may take a week, or it may take three months, but soon enough you will adapt to wearing a CPAP mask. Moreover, it may also take a little while to find the perfect fit and the perfect way to sleep soundly while wearing the mask. Just like you’ve had to adapt to life with sleep apnea, you will soon enough adapt to wearing a CPAP mask.
It is also important to remember that wearing your mask is critical to alleviating and minimizing all the complications that come with having obstructive sleep apnea, like extreme daytime fatigue, serious heart conditions and more. Simply focus on the all the positive things that come with CPAP therapy and it may be easier to adapt.
Like an arranged marriage, your CPAP mask might not be the most ideal bed partner, but soon enough you’ll grow to love it.