Coping with CPAP Mask Drooling
CPAP mask drooling while not harmful in any way is quite embarrassing, irritating. While it is quite common, it can easily be controlled and stopped by making a few changes in your lifestyle.
Causes of CPAP Mask Drooling
CPAP Mask drooling is usually caused due to one of the following:
- Mouth breathing
- Lack of a chin strap
- REM sleep
No matter the reason behind the drooling, it can be controlled easily.
Controlling CPAP Mask Drooling
CPAP Mask drooling can be easily controlled by using on the following methods:
- Chin Strap: The first is to buy a good CPAP Mask with a chin strap, making sure that the strap is attached tightly before you go to sleep. A tight chin strap will ensure that your mouth remains closed throughout the night, this will effectively prevent CPAP Mask Drooling. Just make sure that the strap is attached tightly (even if it is a little loose, your mouth will open, which will allow your saliva to drop outside).
- Sleeping Posture: If you do not wish to use a chin strap, then change your sleeping posture. People who sleep on their stomach’s, and sides are more prone to CPAP mask drooling since sleeping in that posture will change cause the mouth to open while sleeping. So train yourself to sleep on your back, this will effectively stop CPAP mask drooling. While this can be hard due to the increased pressure on your face (from the weight of the CPAP Mask), once you get used to it you will no longer feel the weight.
- Pillow: Another option is to get a contoured pillow; these will effectively keep your head in the same position, even if your body moves during the night.
By using one of the above methods, you will effectively stop your CPAP Mask drooling.