If you’re new to using a CPAP mask, you already know you’re in for an adjustment when it comes to sleeping. There can be issues with sleeping with a CPAP mask even if you’ve been using one for years. At PulseAir Heart and Lung Centre, we know CPAP equipment is the most effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and we’re here to make sure your CPAP mask is working as effectively as possible.
Adjusting to Your Mask
New CPAP patients are going to face an adjustment period for wearing their masks. Even experienced CPAP patients need to adjust if they start using a new or different type of mask. The best way to get used to your mask is by wearing it. Start by wearing your new mask while you’re awake around the house. Next, try using your mask while sleeping for shorter periods of time, like during an afternoon nap. Once you feel comfortable, you’re ready to use it at night.
Make Sure Your Mask Fits Properly
A mask that doesn’t fit properly can lead to all kinds of issues for CPAP patients, including air leaks and pressure sores. You could be using the wrong type of mask or the wrong size of mask. Consult with your doctor to see which type of mask is right for you. The most common types of masks are:
- Full face masks
- Nasal masks
- Nasal pillow masks
Your doctor will help you choose the right mask based on how you breathe while you sleep. Once you know what type of mask you need, ask your equipment supplier to make sure your mask is fit properly.
Dislodging Your Mask at Night
If you’re an active sleeper, you run the risk of your CPAP mask coming loose as you toss and turn. A loose mask is an ineffective mask. To make sure your mask stays tight during the night, try:
- Adding a chin strap to your mask. More straps will make it less likely your mask will move around.
- Use a specialized CPAP pillow. These pillows are built to accommodate your mask, so you won’t get it caught on the edge of the pillow and knock it loose.
- Use a full-face mask. These are larger masks that cover more of your face, which can prevent them from being moved around as easily.
PulseAir’s team is ready to help you find the right CPAP mask to make sure you can get the restful night’s sleep you need. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.