CPAP Nasal Pillow - Mask Nose Pillows - Sleep Apnea
CPAP nasal pillows are useful for anyone treating sleep apnea with a CPAP machine. The bed pillows provide space for the sides of the mask and air hoses that link a person to their machine.
If you sleep with a CPAP machine, traditional bed pillows compress tubes. With a CPAP nasal pillow, you can sleep soundly knowing your airways will not become blocked as you sleep.
Understanding Sleep Apnea and CPAP Machines Treatment Options
Sleep apnea is a common disorder where you actually stop breathing as you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles of the throat relax so much that the throat closes up causing an airway obstruction. With central sleep apnea, your brain fails to send messages to your lungs and heart to keep breathing when you reach deep sleep.
A CPAP machine forces compressed air through your airways to force them to remain open throughout the night. When you are hooked to a CPAP machine, you wear an air mask that has air hoses running from the compressor to your mask. The air mask fits tightly against your nose directing the air flow into the sinuses. The machine regulates air flow for you.
The problem with CPAP machines is that the hoses are bulky. If your head rests on them at any point in the night, you can block the air hose from pushing through enough air to keep your throat open. CPAP nasal pillows eliminate this risk.
How a CPAP Nasal Pillow Works
It's best to start out understanding there are two items that qualify as nasal pillows. CPAP manufacturers refer to the seals that bring the air into your nostrils as nasal pillows. These soft adapters create an airtight seal to prevent any of the compressed air from escaping your air ways.
There is another CPAP nasal pillow, however. Contour is a leading manufacturer of CPAP nasal pillows. The specially designed pillow supports your neck and head regardless of your preferred sleeping position. The pillow prevents the straps of a CPAP mask from digging into your face as you sleep. It also helps keep the mask from slipping and causing leaks.
These CPAP nasal pillows have spaces where the CPAP air hoses fit so that they are not compressed or kinked while you sleep.
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