Comfort Meets Functionality – Tips on Finding the Right Sleep Apnea Mask

Sleep apnea is a common condition that causes a person to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. While there are many treatment options to address sleep apnea, the most common one is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Once you’ve been prescribed CPAP therapy, you will need to get sleep apnea mask. The mask is attached to the tubing that is connected to the CPAP machine, which delivers the pressurized air that prevents apnea from occurring. The mask can be challenging to use at first and takes some getting used to, usually over several weeks to a few months. The good news is, there are many mask options available and finding the right CPAP mask will help you get more comfortable and breath easier at night.

What is the Best Sleep Apnea Mask?

CPAP machine

It is very important that the mask you choose is comfortable and provide a proper seal for the airflow. You won’t be able to establish proper air pressure level with a mask that doesn’t fit correctly. Plus, a comfortable mask that fits well will make using a CPAP machine easier. In seeking a comfortable mask, keep in mind the fit, the size and the style, which is a personal preference that only you can determine.

Types of CPAP Masks

When checking CPAP masks online, you will come across many sleep apnea mask types, all with different features that provide more options for your comfort. The main types of CPAP masks include:

Traditional-Nose-Mask

  • Traditional Nose Mask – This mask fits just over the nose and usually features straps or a brace to stabilize it on the face. Because it rests on the upper lip, it is best for those who breathe through their nose while sleeping. It is often recommended for patients who move a lot in their sleep or need a high air pressure setting.

nasal-pillow-mask

  • Nasal Pillow Mask – The nasal pillow mask is often a solution for individuals who have certain physical features that make traditional CPAP masks uncomfortable. These physical features include a short face, a narrow nose bridge, or facial hair, all which can prevent proper fit of regular masks, resulting in leaks that allow air to blow into the eyes. This mask type tends to be small and also use straps to stabilize the frame of the mask to the face. They also rest on the upper lip and are most suitable for people who breathe through their nose and those who feel claustrophobic with the larger traditional mask.

full-face-mask

  • Full-Face Mask – This mask covers both the mouth and nose and is used to treat people who breathe through their mouth while sleeping. It has a frame that uses straps and sometimes a forehead brace to stabilize it to the face.

Size of the Mask

Depending on your face’s size and physical features, you may have a variety of mask sizes to choose from. Sizes of CPAP masks can range from extra small to extra large. In order to ensure proper fit, masks often come with different cushion sizes so you can choose the best one after you’ve slept in it at home. The straps that attach the mask to your head are generally adjustable to fit most head sizes. In case you have a particularly small or large head, you may be able to request that size for a more comfortable fit.

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Because everyone’s face is different, each type of mask will fit differently on every face. The size of your upper lip, the length of your nose, the distance between your eyes and the size of your head, all will play a role in determining which mask fits you best. Know that a beard or moustache can prevent the seal between the mask and your face, so you must take that into consideration when choosing your mask.

Fit of the Mask

When it comes to getting a well-fitting CPAP mak, maybe the most important advice is not to give up if it doesn’t feel right immediately. Make sure the cushion is in good condition and that you aren’t tightening the mask too much. You can also consider trying a different brand. Just as there are several CPAP manufacturers that offer different machine models with different features, there are different masks and headgear styles within manufacturer’s lines. Virtually, any mask will fit the standard air hose, but some masks will work only with specific headgear.

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Keep in mind that getting used to a CPAP machine and mask can take time, so give yourself at least a couple of weeks to adjust to your sleep apnea treatment. Try several different types of masks if you have to. You may be able to exchange a mask you’ve bought online for another one within a few weeks if you just can’t get comfortable in it, so check with the CPAP provider to see what options you have.

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Home Hot Tubs: Relaxation That Leads to Improved Health

Today, endless stress and never-ending workloads can make you feel restless and anxious. So, finding a way and place to relax and unwind after an eventful day is truly crucial for your health. Setting aside an hour or two for some “me” time is a highly recommended wat to recharge, reflect, beautify and detox all at the same time. This is possible by visiting a spa centre, but it comes with the downside of endless queues and strangers. Spa time shouldn’t add to the discomfort, so you should consider investing in a home 3 person spa hot tub and bring a part of an enjoyable spa centre right into your back yard. You can avoid appointments and unknown people and reap the health benefits spa offers from the comfort of your home. Continue reading Home Hot Tubs: Relaxation That Leads to Improved Health

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Gastro-Stop Tablets: The Convenience and Relief Your Digestive System Needs

 

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Reasons to Invest in Natural Skincare Products

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Listing the Basic Dog Products You Will Need for Your New Source of Joy

Owning a dog is great, but it is a responsable job. Once you get a dog it means your family becomes bigger. Yes, your four-legged friend will literally become part of your family which means you need to treat him equal. And that means you need to make your home a pet-friendly and buy all the essentials the dog will need once it comes home. So do not waste any time and dive into the range of dog products available so you can get ready. As a first-time owner of a pet, you may find yourself a bit confused about what to buy. Do not worry, just take a look at this simple article that will guide you through the process of buying the most essential dog products.

Dog bed
Once your furry friend arrives he will walk around the house so it can get familiar with his new living environment. But, when the night comes your dog will need a comfortable place for a good night’s sleep. A dog bed is a very essential piece. It guarantees your pet will have a good rest on his first day in the new home. Since everything will be new for him, it is important to provide your dog with a place where he can cuddle up and feel warm and comfortable. This will make him feel relaxed and safe at the same time. There is a vast array of dog beds out there so you can easily choose one for your dog. Also, your new pup will be on his chewing phase the first few weeks so make sure it does not ingest the foam and the beddings.

Food and treats
These are other essential dog products you need to have in your home. Once the pup comes home he needs to eat since without food he will be dead in 24 hours. You can give your dog the leftovers from your dinner, but still, your dog needs special food. Original dog food contains certain ingredients that help the development and growth of your little pup. Also, you will need some dog treats as they are the most perfect tool for training you can find. Giving a treat to your dog after he does something good, will make him do it again. They are not just a training tool but a healthy snack as well. However, you need to be careful with treats as giving your dog too much of them can lead to obesity.

Grooming kit
Grooming is a way to make your dog feel and look nice and will help you with the general sanitation of your home. The more you comb and brush your dog, the less hair will be around your home. So, for that reason, you need to invest in grooming kit that will contain all the grooming supplies. This list includes dog blow dryer, brush, nail clippers, grooming area, bathing dog supplies, scissors, toothpaste and toothbrush and towels. In case you have an extremely furry dog you will need some additional supplies like shampoo and conditioner, condition spray and comb.

Toys
Some dog owners do not consider them as a very important thing, but believe it or not, dog toys pay very essential role for dog development. They are amazing brain stimulators that encourage active play and reduce the periods of boredom. They also help to reduce the risk of attention seeking or destructive behaviour your dog can manifest. For example, some of the toys like deer antlers, chew bones, hooves promote focused chewing and help your dog to relax. You can also use them in behavioural training to stop bad habits such as digging and chewing.

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How to Choose Lingerie for Your Body Type

There is no doubt that lingerie makes you feel sexy. Push up bras, corsets, lacey panties, stockings, busters they all have the power to boost your confidence even they are not even seen. Lingerie is more than a piece of material, it is an alter ego. Wearing a sexy piece underneath your clothing will feel you more like a woman celebrating sexuality regardless of your size and body shape. The choice of lingerie can make or break your overall appearance, so it is important to consider your body type when looking to buy a new sexy piece of underwear. Here is a simple guide on how to choose the right lingerie for you.

Triangle

Big hips are a thing now. Triangle body shape means you have a wider hip structure compared to your shoulders. Some women enjoy their hips while others are trying to cover them. If you like to put the attention to your hips then you have a lot of sexy lingerie options, on the other hand, if you want something to steers the attention away and create a more proportional look, try matching set with a ruffled bra that creates an illusion. Another option is a bandeau. This straight piece will make you feel like your hips and shoulders are at the same level.

Inverted triangle

Your bust line and shoulders are wider than your hips what gives you a figure of an inverted triangle. Before buying new lingerie, think about which part of your body you want to cover or flaunt. Choose lingerie with halter necks. If you have a flatter bum, teddy is a good choice as it distributes the attention equally. Matching lace panty or thong and bralettes can also be your choice to go. A matching set will help you create a relatively straight look what makes it an option too.

Hourglass

Women with this body type have the same size of hips and shoulders with a slender waistline. This figure is hot and sexy and does not require special pieces. This means wear anything you want and you will look sexy and seductive. However, if you feel confused and do not know what to choose, then teddy, corset and garter belt models will fit you perfectly. High leg panty is also a choice, but you cannot go further without a sexy lingerie set. It is a piece that your wardrobe must own.

Rectangle

Do you have a straight line and no defined curves? If you do, then here you are, in the category of rectangle body type. Your bust, hips and shoulders are almost the same levels so you might need something that will cinch your waist such as corsets. It is a piece that will add much-needed curves for you. Also, you can opt for a teddy or garter belt if you have a lengthier torso. Push up lingerie is also a smart choice, specifically something like bustier lingerie.

Round

A body type that is round near the waist and has no or little definition. It is a figure where the hips are less wider than the upper body and the torso so trying to add some proportions wearing the right type of lingerie is a very good idea. The negligee is a good choice. It is a type of lingerie that will define the bust line while hiding the chunks of your waistline. Teddy is also a good choice, but keep in mind to look for lingerie in darker colours.