We each have our own unique night time routine. Whether that’s binge-watching Netflix until 1 am, reading a novel, or just brushing your teeth and flopping into bed, the end goal is the same: to get a good night sleep. Once in bed, we all have our favorite sleeping positions. If you’re like me, you’re a “side sleeper” who tends to spend most of the night sleeping on your side. And – again, if you’re like me – you also happen to have sleep apnea. Finding CPAP masks for side sleepers can be tricky, because not all of them will stay on properly in the side sleep position. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to find the best CPAP mask for side sleepers.
What if I Don’t Want to Change Masks?
If you already have a mask that’s working for you and you’d rather not change to a new style, there may be a solution: a CPAP pillow. These specially designed pillows are optimized for CPAP us and help to increase comfort and decrease air leakage.
With a high quality CPAP pillow (we recommend the EnduriMed pillow), there are gaps in the pillows form to accommodate any style of CPAP mask while maintaining comfort. Even if you’re not a side-sleeper, these are helpful because they keep the CPAP hose in place.
What Style of CPAP Mask is Best for Side Sleepers?
As you likely know, there are several different styles of CPAP masks. To find the best CPAP mask for side sleepers, it’s first important to find the best style of mask.
Generally speaking, the smaller/more compact mask styles tend to work better for side sleepers. Nasal pillows and other nose covering masks tend to be smaller and cause less issues for side sleepers, while full-face masks often cause discomfort with side sleepers.
What is The Best CPAP Mask for Side Sleepers?
As mentioned, you’ll likely want to go with a nasal pillow style mask. Some of the most popular CPAP masks for people who sleep on their side include:
ResMed AirFit P10 – this extremely popular mask has a lightweight, non-intrusive design that is among the most popular CPAP masks for side sleepers. Its design allows for an in-nose seal, which makes it easy to keep a leakless seal regardless of what position you’re sleeping in.
ResMed Swift FX – this lightweight mask sports unique dual-wall pillows that are designed to keep a tight seal in any position. The mask itself is made of flexible silicone and includes soft mask wraps for comfort.
Eson 2 – if you prefer nasal masks over the pillow-style, the Eson 2 is a good choice. It features a new technology called the RollFit Seal, which automatically adjusts along the bridge of the nose to maintain a tight seal.
About 40% of people sleep on their sides (most side sleepers prefer a soft mattress, too), so a lot of our readers are interested in learning about good CPAP masks for side sleepers. If you have a personal favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Lastly, since we already know you prefer sleeping on your side – why not check out our guide to the best mattresses for side sleepers!
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