Whether you are new to CPAP therapy or have been treating Sleep Apnea for years, you may be interested to discover that your sleeping position can have an impact on your choice of CPAP mask and how effective CPAP therapy is.
If the first time that you started thinking about how our breathing changes while we sleep or the impact different sleeping positions can have was when you were diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you are not alone.
In fact, many people aren’t aware of the physiological changes that happen to our bodies while we sleep, especially when it comes to lung function. During the day, our breathing patterns tend to be quite irregular because of talking, exercising, handling emotions or carrying out other normal everyday activities that fluctuate our breathing.
While we sleep, our breathing tends to slow down and become more regular. However, some sleeping positions can make breathing more difficult.
For example, lying on your back can decrease your lung functioning as it restricts your upper airways making it more difficult to take in a breath. That is why many sleep specialists often recommend that OSA patients try to sleep on their side. This is because the neck area is less restricted by weight allowing the airways to stay open more easily.
If sleeping on your side is your go-to sleeping position already, then this is good news for you. Below, we talk through the types of Sleep Apnea masks that are most comfortable for side sleepers.
As a side sleeper, you will want a CPAP mask that is more minimal in design as they can be less bothersome and will ensure that you’re not disrupted with tubes or the mask rubbing up against the pillow during the night and waking you up.
Nasal masks have often been noted as being popular among side sleepers. The reason for this is that they minimize the frequency that masks move out of position and means you have less of a risk of air leakages.
Nasal pillow masks are also highly recommended due to their minimal design. This makes it easier to fall asleep more comfortably without compromising the effectiveness of CPAP therapy.
Below is a list of some of our best-selling Sleep Apnea masks that are popular among OSA patients:
ResMed AirFit P10 CPAP mask - This pillow-style mask is known for being lightweight and providing minimal contact, therefore, making it extremely unobtrusive. This CPAP mask provides a high level of comfort, a stable mask seal and perfect usability for those who prefer curling up on their sides at night.
ResMed AirFit N30 CPAP Nasal mask - This nasal cradle mask is discrete, easy to use and quiet. With a minimal design and ResMed QuietAir technology, it is aimed at providing you with the most comfortable and peaceful night of sleep.
At the end of the day, a CPAP mask that works for one person might not be right for you.
When finding the right Sleep Apnea mask it’s important to keep in mind that comfort is key. Each person’s facial characteristics differ in size and shape so you may need to try out a few different mask styles before you find the one that is right for you.
From person to person, the way we sleep is not the same. Your CPAP mask should be custom to how you rest your head at night. If you are a side-sleeper and are interested in learning more about which is the best Sleep Apnea masks for you to try, get in touch with our CPAP experts today and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.