CPAP Masks For Side Sleepers
What are the best CPAP masks for side sleepers? It seems this actually varies a lot according to the shape of your face, how much you move when asleep and lots of other factors. Problems users of CPAP masks face include leaks, mask getting pulled out of alignment and discomfort of the mask straps. This means that it is hard to choose a cpap mask without trying it out for a few nights and that often means you have to buy several masks. Some CPAP mask retailers mark up the masks and headgear to prohibitive prices, but you can usually buy the same products cheaper on Amazon. One of the biggest retailers of CPAP masks and other equipment for sleep apnea patients is CPAP deals who sell at competitive prices.
If you are a side sleeper, in general, you should not choose a bulky mask. Nasal pillow and nasal CPAP masks provide more freedom and therefore tend to be more suitable for side sleepers. Looking through comments on-line it seems that the most popular mask for side sleepers is the ResMed Swift FX Nasal Pillow Mask. Resmed also make the Swift FX Nano Headgear which can be used as alternative headgear for their Swift FX Mask.
Full Face Masks
A minority of side sleepers like a full face mask and one of the most popular is the Resmed Mirage Quattro Full Face Mask Complete System or the large size). If using a full face mask, choosing a good side sleeper pillow such as The SymphonyPillow by Tempur-Pedic
Pillow type is just as important.
Many side sleepers who use CPAP masks say that aside from the mask, choosing the right pillow is just as important. The pillow helps because it helps keep head, neck and shoulder stay in the correct position. You can read more about in our previous post about CPAP Pillows for Side Sleepers here.