Your CPAP mask doesn’t fit
A mask that doesn’t fit quite right can be a common cause of mask leak. When your sleep therapy mask doesn’t fit snugly against the skin, air can escape, potentially resulting in discomfort and less effective CPAP therapy.
Make sure your mask fits correctly by:
- Lying down. Facial contours can change as we alter our body position. Make sure you lie down in your usual sleep position when you fit your mask.
- Not overtightening your mask. Headgear straps shouldn’t be pulled very tightly as your mask cushion can inflate a little once the air from CPAP machine starts to flow.
- Getting support from your healthcare professional and asking them any questions you might have! Once you’re at home, try fitting the mask yourself and if you find your mask doesn’t fit comfortably or effectively, get back in touch with your healthcare provider.
For more information about setting up your mask correctly, simply download the myAir app where you’ll find coaching tips to help you fit your mask and how-to videos.
Your CPAP mask doesn’t suit your sleep style
Some of us love to toss and turn at night, while others prefer to maintain one position from sundown to sunrise. We’re all built differently, and you might be experiencing mask leak because your mask doesn’t reflect your needs while you sleep.
If, for example, you breathe through your mouth, using a nasal or nasal pillows CPAP mask could spell trouble as air escapes through the mouth (mouth leak) and a full face mask could suit you better. It’s important that you discuss the way you sleep with your healthcare professional, so they can help select the right mask for you. Our CPAP mask categories are built to reflect your bedtime habits and support you towards better rest – check them out to see which mask style could be for you!
Your CPAP mask needs cleaning or maintained
Sometimes, mask leak can occur when your CPAP mask needs to be cleaned or requires some TLC. That’s because oils from the skin can interfere with your mask’s seal. It’s recommended that you clean your mask, frame, elbow, cushion, and headgear daily or weekly depending on the component.
Cleaning doesn’t end with your mask, though! Clean skin can also help combat mask leak. A good bedtime routine could include washing your face each night before you put on your CPAP mask.
Remember, you should also inspect your mask for signs of wear and tear because as masks age, seal performance can deteriorate. If you notice that any components of your setup need replacing, you can shop spare parts in our eshop!