Headaches and Other Pains | Common CPAP Problems and Solutions

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When you have to wear a mask for 8 hours at a time, you want it to be comfortable and efficient. Unfortunately, a lot of folks notice their headgear and mask giving them headaches and sinus or ear pains. The number one cause of pain in the morning is an over-tightened mask, which causes the headgear to squeeze your skull throughout the night. But, there are a few other causes of CPAP headaches and other pains as well, and we’ve compiled some matching solutions to deal with them.

Here are 4 ways to prevent headaches from your CPAP:

1. Replace your supplies regularly.

A common cause of headaches is worn out headgears irritating the neck and skull. When your supplies begin to break down, they become less comfortable and forgiving, causing extra friction. Worn out seals will also mean you need to tighten your mask more to keep it from leaking.

That’s why it’s important to keep to a regular replacement schedule for your CPAP supplies. Most insurance providers have a quarterly schedule for replacing many of your supplies, so that your CPAP always has up-to-date parts. Often, folks find themselves overdue for a new mask or cushion once they realize how long it has been since their last refresh.

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2. Use an auto-titrating CPAP.

A fixed pressure machine is set at your highest pressure for the entire night, and that can blow your mask off if you’re not tightening it hard or cause pressure in your sinuses and ears for uncomfortable aches in the morning. With an auto-titrating machine, there’s no need to over-tighten your mask, adjusting the pressure to the minimum you need on a breath-by-breath basis. ResMed’s AirSense 10 AutoSet also offers:

  • Humidification: Regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment
  • AutoRamp: Starts your therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep comfortably
  • Expiratory Pressure Relief: Reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding breathy build-up in your mask
  • Humidification: Regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment
  • AutoRamp: Starts your therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep comfortably
  • Expiratory Pressure Relief: Reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding breathy build-up in your mask

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3. Keep your supplies clean and functional.

Bacteria builds up on your mask every time you use it. Dirty supplies can lead to sinus infections and CPAP illnesses that can cause headaches, earaches, and nasal irritation. That’s why keeping your mask clean and sanitized daily can help prevent the onset of mask pain over time. The Sleep8 CPAP cleaner will keep your supplies sanitary much easier than daily hand-washing. The Sleep8 makes cleaning easy with:

  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button to start
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine
  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button to start
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

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4. Use a mask that won’t aggravate your head.

Some masks just fit your face poorly and cause unnecessary friction. Similarly, nasal pillows can create extra pressure in your nose, which causes headaches and earaches upon waking. If this is the case, we recommend switching to a mask with a minimal headgear and forgiving cushion, like the AirFit N30. This mask features a nasal cradle cushion that conforms to the shape of your nose to provide an excellent seal, and:

  • QuietAir™ technology: Diffused venting breaks up exhaled air so it’s spread out lightly
  • QuickFit™ elastic headgear: Slip it on and off like a pair of swim goggles to fit right out of the package
  • Single side-clip and split bands: Provide added adjustability to the headgear
  • QuietAir™ technology: Diffused venting breaks up exhaled air so it’s spread out lightly
  • QuickFit™ elastic headgear: Slip it on and off like a pair of swim goggles to fit right out of the package
  • Single side-clip and split bands: Provide added adjustability to the headgear

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