There are numerous types of CPAP masks available on the market today. This is a direct reflection of the varying needs of so many CPAP users. Choosing the right CPAP mask to fit you may seem overwhelming, but considering just a few of your sleep habits and preferences should help you narrow down the field.
1. Sleep Positioning
How do you sleep? On your side or back? Do you move around? If you’re a side sleeper like the majority of people, the full face mask is probably not a great option for you. Movement and side sleeping will generally break the mask seal of a full face mask, rendering it ineffective.
2. Breathing Habits
If you typically breathe through your mouth while sleeping, a full face CPAP mask or hybrid would be a great choice for you, since therapy is delivered through both the mouth and nose. However, if you prefer a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask, there is always the option of wearing a chin strap.
If you suffer regularly from allergies, the nasal pillow mask and the nasal mask are not likely to be good options for you. The pressurized air in these CPAP masks is delivered to the nostrils, and constant congestion means no CPAP therapy.
4. Pressure Needs
Many patients on a higher pressure setting find the nasal pillow mask an uncomfortable option. A better choice might be a regular nasal mask, full face, or hybrid option.
5. Facial Hair
Facial hair can inhibit the CPAP mask seal. If you have facial hair, choose a mask that won’t sit directly on your hair. The best option for most types of facial hair is the nasal pillow mask.
6. Comfort Preferences
Ultimately, different people find different types of masks most comfortable. Some prefer a nasal pillow mask for its minimalistic design. Others find the nasal pillows irritating to their nostrils and prefer a mask that only touches the outside of their face (a full face mask).
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