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Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 4



Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 4


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Moving around in bed (i.e. side sleeping, back sleeping and more) and working with a PAP mask can be a nuisance. Many weigh in and describe their struggles on a consistent basis in PAP forums, chat rooms, etc.

We’re examining common sleep positions and suggesting PAP mask alternatives to keep up with very active sleepers.

In Part One of this series, we examined PAP mask options for back sleepers. And in Part Two, we examined PAP mask options for side sleepers. Part Three discussed stomach sleepers and their PAP mask options.

Today we discuss “active moving”sleepers and the challenges of the maintaining a seal with any PAP Mask.

Before we dive into this post, take note that most masks are not designed to adhere or affix to the face and therefore never move when the user moves.

Yet, most masks are provided with enough head strap options to reduce the likelihood of shifting during movement while sleeping


PAP Masks that might work

Here are masks which have shown to work well with active sleeping and why:

  • stomach sleeping with the head positioned to the side might see success with Adjustable nasal pillow masks, Adjustable full face masks and Adjustable nasal masks, provided the sleeper refrains from excess movement.
  • A knee pillow can assist comfortable sleeping if side sleeping is accomplished and keeps active sleeping under control.

NOTE: Additionally, there isn’t a PAP manufacturer who claims a PAP mask can work with a face down head position successfuly and without issue.

Key Considerations and some alternatives

There are accessories that can assist (but not guarantee) the success of “active sleepers” with a PAP mask. The first accessory is the CPAP Pillow which allows for layers of the pillow to be added or removed to customize one’s sleeping arrangement. The CPAP Pillow can help make the “active sleeper” successful but it is dependant on the sleeper’s movement or reduction-therof. The cut-out feature of the pillow allows “space” for the PAP mask so it is not knocked off or dislodged.


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Subsequently. another alternative (or addition) to PAP therapy is the utilization of a mouth piece (typically recomended by a sleep doctor and/or ENT specialist). The mouth piece is designed to position the tongue and jaw forward so the weight of the jaw and tongue do not block or obstruct the airway.  And finally, the mouth piece may or may not be used with PAP masks for a therapeutic combination effect.


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