Using CPAP Headgear

With the frequency of diagnosed sleep disorders increasing more and more, many people find they must quickly begin using CPAP headgear. For some, using CPAP headgear is not easily overcome. But many make the necessary adjustments. They find CPAP headgear that they are comfortable using and their sleeping habits return to a more restful, healthy night’s sleep.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) is a mechanical treatment of sleep disorders that requires a device, the CPAP machine. It includes three basic parts: an air compressor/humidifier, a connecting hose and the CPAP headgear. The hose connects the mask or headgear to the machine. The motor moves air through the hose into the mask of the headgear. This process pushes air at low pressure with slight humidity into the patient’s nose and mouth as they sleep.

Most people wearing CPAP headgear initially find it uncomfortable and annoying. But over time they get used to the feeling and can eventually regain restful sleeping. Fortunately, CPAP suppliers have developed a variety of mask styles. It is simply a matter of visiting a well-supplied store to find a CPAP headgear that is a comfortable fit for the user.

Sleep disorders do affect every age group from infants to the very old and both sexes. With the wide variety of head shapes and sizes CPAP headgear always comes with multiple adjustments for a proper fitting. Make no mistake, a proper fit is very important in using CPAP headgear.

In most headgear, the mask covers the mouth and nose together. While there is headgear that is solely for nasal applications, most varieties of masks cover the entire mouth and nose area. The mask itself is made of soft pliable plastic to easily conform to facial contours and make a tight seal. It is very important to use CPAP headgear that gives a good air-tight seal against the user’s face.

Caring for the CPAP headgear is simple and straight-forward. It must be kept clean and requires only a routine washing and drying to do so. CPAP headgear is easy to maintain. Because of the nature of the material used in making the mask, many manufacturers require that the masks be replaced at regular intervals. This is typically one to two times per year. Follow the recommendations given by the CPAP headgear supplier for best results.