Sleep apnea must be one of the most dangerous ways to die in your sleep. Well, of course, many of us will love to die in our sleep as it is perceived as a very peaceful way to pass on into the other world, so to speak. Still, you cannot deny that to die because of sleep apnea may not be a good way to go either.
Moving on from the morbid talk of death to talks about living a healthier life, you will need a CPAP machine and a CPAP mask to overcome the primary symptoms of sleep apnea. There are three types of CPAP masks to choose from depending on how you breathe and how you want the mask to fit. You have to consider the pros and cons of each CPAP mask before deciding on which one to choose.
The nasal mask is preferred by individuals who want a comfortable and sturdy mask that stays on well even after repeated tossing and turning in bed. Of course, you must learn to sleep in one or two positions but if you are more active in bed, in a matter of speaking, then the nasal mask is the best option for you.
Aside from the comfort and ease of use, the nasal CPAP mask maintains a good seal. This is very important in the avoidance of skin problems brought on by leaks although it must be emphasized that a good humidifier can quickly resolve the issue. However, if you are a mouth-breather, then the nasal mask is not a good choice. You should also consider the fact that the headgear and straps of the nasal mask is more complicated.
Nasal Insert Mask
If you suffer from claustrophobia brought on by a full-face CPAP mask, then go for the nasal insert type. Respironics and ResMed manufacture a few of the best nasal insert masks in the industry so it pays to check them out in your favorite CPAP retailer sites.
This type of mask is very easy to get on and off with fewer straps to worry about. Plus, you can still perform basic activities like reading books and watching television before going to sleep since it does not interfere with your line of sight. Add in the fact that it has ports for direct oxygen and you will have the best nights of your life in bed. However, beware that the nasal insert CPAP mask can cause skin injuries and can be pulled off easily in sleep. And if you are a mouth-breather, this is not the one for you, too.
Full Face Mask
For mouth-breathers, the best is the full-face mask. The best advantage of this type of mask is that you can breathe either through your nose or your mouth. You can even use it even when you have a cold or if your nose is congested. Plus, you need not worry too much about it falling off in your sleep.
Take note, however, of its disadvantages that include a claustrophobic feeling, sores on the bridge and a tendency to leak all over the place. You should ask your doctor for tips on how to overcome these cons. Indeed, the right choice of a CPAP mask can mean the difference between life and death. We hope you choose life, of course.
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