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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Review of CPAP accessories

  The popularity of CPAP therapy has spurred an offshoot industry of accessories aimed at making the experience more tolerable for those who are finicky about sleeping with a mask.
  The cynical side of me says it's another opportunity for someone to make a buck, but my CPAP advocate side wins out because I believe strongly that people should deal with their sleep apnea.
  If these products aimed at comfort make it more likely people will stick with CPAP, then I am all for them.
  I tried a couple recently, including a cotton mask liner from RemZzzs.
  Basically, you set the liner inside the mask and strap it on along with a small piece that covers the forehead portion of the mask. Click here to see a video with more information.
  Along with having your face pressed against cotton rather than the rubber mask, the company touts benefits that include reducing noisy air leaks, absorbing facial moisture, preventing skin irritation and enabling the use of bedtime facial products. Most important and first on their and my list is promoting patient compliance. Amen.
  I also sampled products from Pad A Cheek, whose original product is exactly that - soft covers for the straps that rub against CPAP users' cheeks. Other offerings include a nose bridge protector and forehead pad, an anti-leak strap that holds the mask in place and its version of a mask liner.
  The products from both companies do add comfort and I am impressed by the innovation. For me personally, I wasn't struggling without them so I'm not sure I'll use them long-term since it's just more things to keep track of and deal with while sleeping. They can be a little tricky to install and get used to but I'm sure it gets easier with time. The detailed instructions from both companies help a lot.
  Each business also has a wealth of testimonials from satisfied customers so it is clear they are making an impact in the CPAP world.
  I must say I was most intrigued with the original Pad A Cheek product. Those may stay on my mask for awhile. The dark blue color also matches my strap. Custom designs are available. Now that's CPAP stylin'.
  If you are struggling with your CPAP experience, I urge you to explore these products. Visit and for more information.


Blogger tomcruse said...

Thanks for sharing important information about cpap accessories.

April 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM 

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