When it comes to managing your sleep apnea, compliance is key to getting a restful night’s sleep. If you have a leaky mask, it’s important to have it taken care of right away or you will not experience the full benefits of treatment. Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to understanding mask leaks.
Seal Leak: This is a common cause of CPAP leaks and it is simply due to a gap between your face and the mask.
Sleeping Position: Certain sleeping positions are not optimal for specific masks. If you find yourself switching positions often in the night, your mask may be loose or tilt away from your face. Additionally, different masks are ideal for certain sleeping positions like on your side or on your back.
The Mask Is Old: Masks can warp over time, causing them to lose their effective seal and shape.
The Mask Is Dirty: If the mask is dirty with natural grime and lint, this can cause it to not seal properly and leak air.
What You Can Do:
Seal Leak: If you believe you have a seal leak, bring your mask to us so we can identify why the seal is not working for you. We will be able to provide a solution or alternative. It’s likely that you need a different sized mask. A nasal mask is typically best if you like to sleep on your side but a full face mask may be best if you sleep on your back.
Sleeping Position: Whatever way you want to sleep is fine, you just need to be sure that you have a mask that complements your sleeping style.
The Mask Is Old: If your mask is expired, you definitely want to take the time to get a new one.
The Mask Is Dirty: Your mask should be cleaned every day in order to help it last longer and work efficiently.
We have a variety of masks to choose from, so you are sure to find one that works great for you!
Here are a few options:
This mask has a unique design that offers many benefits. The DreamWear Mask is a nasal pillow mask so it allows more freedom, movement and comfort then your typical prescribed mask. This is one of our most popular masks for good reason!
This mask’s best feature is its ability to seal. This is because the seal is made of gel so it is able to contour to most face shapes seamlessly. It is also incredibly comfortable.
A leaky or uncomfortable mask is not something to be ignored. It may be something as simple as a quick cleaning or a tightening of straps. If you are wondering if your mask needs an adjustment, let us know. If you are in need of a sleep test, contact us today.