Common CPAP mask concerns and how to resolve them

If you suffer from sleep apnea, then a CPAP mask could help ease some of your sleeping and breathing issues. However, wearing a mask every night to treat the disorder can seem daunting, but it needn’t be. CPAP masks are available in a range of shapes, styles and sizes, so with a bit of help, you’re certain to find a mask that’s comfortable enough for regular nighttime use. Let’s take a closer look at some common CPAP mask concerns and what you can do to resolve them. Difficulty getting used to the air pressure At first, most users find tolerating the forced air pressure a challenge. However, a lot of new CPAP machines come with a feature that begins with a lower pressure before building this up slowly to reach the required pressure to support your breathing. If you find exhaling against the air difficult, ask your sleep expert about sensors or other features which offer relief during expiration. The tube gets in the way If you find the air hose to be annoying while you’re trying to sleep, consider switching to a pillow which is specifically designed for CPAP users. These tend to have large cutouts on either side so the hose doesn’t lie across your pillow. Most also have a tether to secure the tube and reduce seal disruption. You become claustrophobic thinking about wearing the mask Discomfort or claustrophobia is one of the most common complaints about wearing a CPAP mask, and rightly so. After all, having a mask strapped to your face takes some getting used to. Therefore, we advise wearing your mask at home through the day while you’re doing your chores, completing your usual activities or even watching the TV. This will help you get used to the feel of the mask and the air pressure, putting you more at ease once nighttime rolls around. You could also try napping with the mask on so you get used to sleeping no matter where you are. If you still have concerns about wearing your CPAP mask, the team at Apnea Seal is happy to help. We make custom 3D masks for sleep apnea machines, so we can answer any questions you have.