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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?

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

 

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At some point in our lives, each and every one of us has experienced problems with the digestive system. The acute gastro can be quite annoying and sometimes painful as this is a condition when the digestive system gets irritated and goes into overdrive. The end result is watery or loose stools, also known as diarrhoea, a condition where all the body water and retained nutrients move way too quickly through the intestines. Continue reading Gastro-Stop Tablets: The Convenience and Relief Your Digestive System Needs

The Features and Benefits of Medical Treatment Chairs

Everyday activities cause enhanced strain on certain areas of the body, the joints and muscles to be more exact. The joints, in particular tend to get weaker overtime, therefore it’s not surprising that the elderly often suffer from joint pain and inflammation. For many people the inflammation can lead to long-term joint damage. Persistent joint pain that doesn’t seem to get better with time is know as chronic inflammation that targets the cartilage, a connective tissue that has the purpose to provide cushioning and support the joints. Continue reading The Features and Benefits of Medical Treatment Chairs

Kids’ Listening Assessments: A Guide for Parents

You have noticed that your child is inattentive and doesn’t react when called? Or, he/she talks louder than usually and mispronounces certain words. Or maybe, he/she has become overactive or grumpy and starts withdrawing from family and friends. If you have noticed such behaviors of your kid for several times in a row, this might be a warning sign indicating that it is time for a hearing test.

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Coconut oil for hair treatment

Why Use Coconut Oil For Hair Treatment?

Long, shiny, healthy and dandruff-free hair! Yes, every woman’s dream. Ladies, I got some excellent news for you, it is all very, very much possible. How, you ask? Well I bet the last thing that comes to your mind when you think about the benefits of coconut oil, is that it could help revitalize your hair. But hey, nature is amazing and we could be never completely familiar with all the benefits it offers for our well-being. As many women suffer from greasy and hair prone to breakage, I decided that I need to share with you all I know about the benefits of coconut oil for hair treatment as soon as possible. Well, time to make that hair of yours shine bright in all of its splendor. Continue reading Why Use Coconut Oil For Hair Treatment?

Hypnosis – The Ideal Way to Quit Smoking

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“Want to stop smoking, just learn to love yourself” lead by this quote I am now proudly wearing the title- a former smoker. For me giving up smoking was not an easy task, it actually was a ride that lead me to a destination that is beyond the horizon. I thought that I would never reach it, but here I am testifying that everything is possible if you only want, every move we make, every step we take is a matter of a personal choice. Don’t wait to find yourself in a life-threatening condition, stand firm, start fighting and overcome the harmful habit that kills your lungs gently and slowly.

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Primrose Evening Oil: Women’s Favorite Remedy

Jars of primrose evening oil have been a staple on women’s natural remedies shelf for years. Women from all over the world are founding it to be very beneficial during various periods of their life. Rich in essential fatty acids, it can help address a wide range of concerns such as the following ones.

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PMS Concerns

Taking primrose evening oil supplement each month can help alleviate some of the hormonal challenges of PMS. It may also help address irregular cycles. Primrose evening oil is also highly recommended for relief of painful fibrocystic breast disease, another common concern of a monthly cycle. Continue reading Primrose Evening Oil: Women’s Favorite Remedy

Treat Depression With Hypnotherapy

Ways To Treat Depression With Hypnotherapy

With all this stress around us, everyone can become depressed. People who suffer from depression have problems how to explain their feelings to others. If you start feeling some signs of depression and doing nothing about it, it can have huge effects on your relationships, work, finances and health. Because of this it is recommended to ask for help as soon as possible. Felling fed up, bored and unhappy for longer period of time means you need a professional help. With the right therapy you can overcome this mental health condition and continue living your life same as before.

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The Real Truth About Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

Bright and shiny – that is the only way your smile should be. Whoever said that no outfit is complete without a smile, understood the power behind a genuine smile. A beautiful, white smile can help you look healthier, younger and more vibrant. Moreover, it is a great self-confidence booster.

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