More often than not, sleep apnea requires the use of CPAP nasal pillows. As the name implies, these devices are positioned against the nostrils and, hence, are the least bulky of all the mask types. Since the air is delivered right into the nostrils, you can use nasal pillows with a heated humidifier especially if you have a deviated septum.
Due to the light weight and open configuration of nasal pillows, these are the preferred methods of using the CPAP machine without inducing claustrophobia. Of course, there are differences in the size, shape and comfort level from one brand to the next. The trick is in knowing which one is right for you by actually testing it. Or better yet, you can read through this article to have a better idea of how to choose and use a CPAP nasal pillow.
The main determinant of choosing the right CPAP pillow is your sleeping habits. This is because your comfort level in using it will depend on your favored sleeping position socially in light of the fact that you want the nasal pillow to stay on your face and nostrils. The general rules in this case are: If you sleep on your side or on your stomach, then look at larger-sized CPAP nasal pillows. You will be able to change positions so much easier without losing the support necessary to keep the pillow in place.
It is a different story if you can sleep on your back for hours at a time. A smaller nasal pillow is sufficient for the purpose. Such a choice is particularly convenient when you travel for days at a time. Of course, you should ask your doctor for specific brands and models of CPAP nasal pillows to narrow down your choices. Plus, it definitely helps to have your doctor’s approval since he is your partner in ensuring that your sleep apnea does not get any worse than it already is at present.
Once you have chosen the right pillow, your next step is to ensure that you can be comfortable while wearing it. Keep in mind that it will be your companion for the 8 hours of your straight sleep. (Give thanks on the continuous sleep after months of snoring and interrupted breathing)
The following tips should ensure that you can be comfortable with any of the CPAP nasal pillows available in the market:
* Use Carmex on the pillow’s exteriors if your nose gets irritated. It will lessen air leaks and soften the nostril’s surface.
* Wash you face with a mild cleanser before putting on the pillow. Your facial oils will impair the pillow’s seal and, hence, lead to skin irritations and other problems.
* Avoid drinking alcohol two hours before bedtime since it impairs sleep patterns. You already have enough sleeping problems as it is, meaning that adding to them will do no good for you and your bedmate, if you have any.
* Avoid any food item with caffeine in it (read: coffee, tea and soda) within 6 hours before bedtime since it is a stimulant. You want to go to sleep with as little stimulant in your body as possible.
In conclusion, CPAP nasal pillows make for better, longer and healthier sleep. Just make sure that you choose and use them to your advantage.
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