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Addressing the Five Biggest Issues with PAP Masks

Posted by Circadiance on Dec 9, 2021 11:40:00 AM

If you've ever tried on a traditional plastic PAP mask, you know that they do not fit naturally and are often uncomfortable right away. This discomfort leads to many different issues when it comes to providing the therapy you need.

Here are the five most common complaints with traditional PAP masks:

  1. Leaking air. Plastic, rubber and silicon are the most frequently used materials in traditional masks. These materials are hard which means they will never fit your face perfectly. A poor fit leads to leaks which is uncomfortable and doesn't give you the therapy air you need.
  2. Overly tight. In order to get the seal needed to provide the correct level of therapy air, headgear often has to be tightened. This tightness can cause sores along any pressure points where the mask meets your face.
  3. Restricting movement. The hardness of the mask, tightness of the headgear, and the long hose attachment combine to make a stiff-feeling structure. This restricts movement of the head and limits the positions PAP users can sleep in.
  4. Skin irritation. Ultimately, skin irritation is the source of most complaints surrounding PAP masks. The most common irritants come from allergies, moisture, and pressure:
    • For PAP users with allergies to silicon, latex, and other plastics, finding a mask that doesn't cause a reaction while sleeping is challenging.
    • Plastic masks hold moisture from the skin and the PAP humidifier against your face which can make you feel like your face is sweating in the middle of the night.
    • Apart from hard materials and tight straps, traditional masks are heavy. The heavier the mask, the more likely you are to wake up with facial sores.
  5. Noisy. Poorly designed masks can make "whistling" sounds when the PAP machine is on. Some masks make "creaking" noises when patients roll over or shift positions. Leaks can also be a source of increased noise in the mask area.

If you or a loved one has any of these complaints, then it is time to try something new! Many people don't know that plastic isn't the only solution available. Our line of Skin Friendly® PAP masks is made of cloth that reduces air leakage, headgear pressure, limited sleep positions, skin irritation, and noise. Try SleepWeaver® today!

Topics: Sleep Health, SleepWeaver