Sleeping with CPAP can be a headache
Although the majority of CPAP therapy patients get used to living/sleeping with CPAP equipment, some just cannot get a good night's sleep. Sleeping with the mask is challenging enough without having CPAP tubes that can get tangled, or leak air, which often happens to patients who like sleeping on the side or turning from side to back and vice versa.
All these small uncomfortable moments during sleep, significantly influence overall sleep quality. We mentioned before the importance of quality night sleep and health issues that are caused by sleep deprivation. Lack of quality sleep can cause serious health issues, influence a person's social life, mental health condition…it significantly increases the risk for several illnesses. So, CPAP therapy is the best solution for sleep apnea, getting used to CPAP therapy is not easy (we mentioned before a few ways how to get used to CPAP therapy discomfort issues), and at the end, if controlling sleep apnea condition involves compromising with patients sleep quality, one can make a solid pro and contra case against CPAP therapy! Luckily, the CPAP industry is developing rapidly and the CPAP accessories are getting better and more functional, and one of those accessories is a CPAP Pillow.
CPAP pillow – a perfect solution for side (and back) sleepers
The most common issue new CPAP therapy patience experience is the change of sleeping style. Wearing a CPAP face mask (especially a full face mask) connected to a CPAP machine via tube/hose makes sleeping a bit challenging. This is especially noticeable for side sleeping. The hose can get tangled, the mask moved (which can make it leak air), or just pressed much harder onto the patient's face which further causes discomfort.
How is CPAP Pillow the solution? Specially designed for CPAP users, to fit the CPAP mask and hose, CPAP pillow is often a perfect solution for CPAP users who are side sleepers. Having CPAP mask on during sleep in some cases limits the position in which the user can sleep (patients that use full face mask are mostly limited to back sleeping position; other masks might allow sleeping on the side, but still the hose might cause some issues with the regular pillow). Its unique design and shape, with dents and cuts, is created in such a way that it follows the CPAP mask and tube/hose, making it a perfect fit. CPAP pillow manufacturers usually have a more medical approach to the design and materials, so the pillows are often with memory foam, more than one layer of hardness, different height and width…and for different occasions (travel pillow, bedroom pillow…). With the variety of pillow designs, this is the CPAP accessory every CPAP therapy user should consider buying. Overall, a CPAP pillow is an investment in a good night’s sleep.