Contributed By Lauren Stone
With any type of therapy, a tremendous amount of patience and comfort is needed for successful experience. Unfortunately, sometimes having to endure uncomfortable or rather tedious methods of adjustment are necessary to improve the quality of life. Whether you’re nursing an injury back to health after intense surgery or introducing the use of a breathing apparatus to your nighttime regime, making the experience as soothing, comfortable and even as pleasant as possible is the key to keeping a positive outlook and healing to your fullest potential.
Therapy for a sleep disorder is certainly no different. In more severe disorders such as Sleep Apnea, the type of treatment found most effective - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP therapy), may initially look liken quite an undertaking, but with the right equipment and comfortability, therapy can actually become a “normal” part of life. Someone undergoing CPAP therapy typically requires a specially-crafted pillow to allow space for their breathing mask and hose for housing oxygen flow. ContourLiving specializes in CPAP therapy as well as bettering the sleep experience in general. They have scientifically crafted various pillows, masks and other tools to aid in the healing process.The state of the art CPAP pillow and CPAP Max pillows are made with precision molded foam for consistent positioning with a cool mesh layer to promote air flow for a cooler sleep. The memory foam custom fits perfectly for each individual, maintaining the same shape throughout the night.
In order to be most effective, it is crucial for this equipment to fit the individual comfortably. CPAP masks come in various shapes and sizes. “According to Metrohealth Center for Sleep Medicine, to wear CPAP comfortably, the CPAP mask must fit properly. The CPAP mask should make an air-tight seal in the places it contacts your face. The mask straps should be tight enough to prevent dislocation with movement during sleep. However, it should not be so tight that it damages the skin. It is normal to have light pressure marks after wear, but they should disappear within a few hours “(source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/142234-cpap-tips-comfort/#ixzz1aIxSRRkM )
It is also important to try to prevent dryness of the throat and nasal passageway if possible, as this has been found to be one of the negative side effects of CPAP therapy. The heat from a humidifier has been suggested by Dr. Helene Emsellem on Sleepfoundation.org to aid in this problem. “Using a heated humidifier improves dryness by applying warm air to the hose and mask, thus improving moisture in the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. Heated humidifiers, which are available through medical supply companies, attach directly to your CPAP machine. You can adjust humidification settings on your unit. In dryer climates, a higher setting may be needed, whereas a lower setting is more comfortable in a humid season or climate.”Saline sprays and decongestants have also been proven effective for relieving dryness.
Consistency is also a must when undergoing therapy. Using CPAP therapy equipment nightly and for every nap in between is crucial for receiving the maximum benefits. Consistency will also helpo the body adjust to wearing this equipment at a faster rate, allowing for better, more sound rest. ContourLiving has also customized CPAP mask wipes for efficient cleaning and soft, removable and washable velour covers for the pillow and hose that can be used as often as needed to keep the equipment in optimal working condition.
But perhaps the most helpful tip would be to try to maintain a positive outlook throughout therapy. This treatment is a step to better breathing, better sleeping and a healthier life. Be committed and understand that CPAP therapy may be a long-term commitment but will improve your overall health and quality of life. Learn more about products for CPAP comfort here.