Headgear Causing Pain | Common CPAP Problems & 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 pain or soreness on their neck, cheeks, and hair. The number one cause of pain from your mask is an over-tightened mask, which causes the headgear to dig and rub against you. But, there are a few other causes of of mask pains as well, and we’ve compiled some matching solutions to deal with them.

Here are 4 ways to solve your mask pain problem:

1. Replace your supplies.

A common cause of mask pain is that worn-out headgears will irritate the neck, hair, and cheeks. 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. In fact, most insurance providers have a quarterly schedule of when to replace many of your supplies, so that your mask always has up-to-date parts. Often folks find themselves quite overdo for a new mask or cushion once they realize how long it has been since their last refresh.

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2. Use a CPAP with Auto-Titration.

With a fixed pressure machine, you’ll need to be set at your highest pressure for the entire night, and that can blow your mask off if you’re not tightening it hard. But with an auto-titrating machine, there’s no need to over-tighten your masks. They adjust the pressure to the minimum you need on a breath-by-breath basis. The world’s most advanced auto CPAP is the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet, which features:

  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks
  • AutoRamp: Starts your pressure low, and then ramps it up to the perfect level once you’re asleep
  • Humidification: Auto Climate Control setting regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment
  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks
  • AutoRamp: Starts your sleep therapy at a low pressure, and then ramps the pressure up to the perfect level once you’re asleep
  • Humidification: Auto Climate Control setting regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment

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3. Keep your supplies clean.

Bacteria build-up on your mask can weaken your mask seal, which will lead to over-tightening and mask pain. 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 and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • 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 and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

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4. Use a mask that fits well.

Some mask and headgear combinations may just fit your face poorly, and cause unnecessary friction. If this is the case, we recommend switching to a mask with a minimal headgear, 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 has a comfortable headgear strap. The N30 boasts:

  • 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: Added adjustability, allowing you to loosen or tighten 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: Added adjustability, allowing you to loosen or tighten the headgear

Save $20 when you buy the AirFit N30 today!


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