When Dr. Colin Sullivan created the first Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) back in the 1980s, he probably hadn't given much thought to the way that his invention would revolutionize the treatment of sleep apnea.
Nowadays, it's considered the Gold Standard of treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP, or different variations like BiPAP and APAP, are used to treat more than just the typical Obstructive Sleep Apnea. While the obstructive type is the most common, there are others which can also have devastating effects on health if left untreated. Central apnea arises from issues with brain signaling and breathing while asleep and Mixed Apnea can be any combination of obstructive and central.
Many times there are comorbidities involved with untreated sleep apnea as well. Some of these include Type II Diabetes, new or worsening heart failure, vascular thickening and a host of other complications. Due to these consequences, it's very important to maintain good compliance levels with your CPAP therapy.
Good compliance is generally considered anything over four hours of continuous use per night. But to get the most out of your therapy and strengthen your health to the greatest degree possible, wearing your CPAP mask for the entire night is the goal to aim for.
But most people, especially when they first get started, have an extremely difficult time getting used to the mask. Much of the problems stem from the fact that plastic and silicone are not very comfortable on the face for any length of time, much less sleeping that way all night.
Many users report feeling claustrophobic or having difficulty breathing against the pressure of the machine, and adding skin discomfort to the mix makes for an almost impossible transition to full-time use. So what's the best advice for new and seasoned users alike to get the most out of their machines?
This is where the CPAP mask liner comes in. Developed initially back in 2009, the cotton mask liner is an excellent way to overcome the rashes and frequent skin breakdown on the bridge of the nose from the mask interface moving against the skin. It's not uncommon for CPAP users to report that they've developed a bad ulcer type of skin condition as a result of either being allergic to the mask materials or just from the irritating contact with the silicone in addition to sweat and oil build up.
Mask liners such as the Silent Night CPAP Mask Liner will help to reduce or eliminate these issues and more with nightly use. There are a few mask liners out there on the market, but what makes the Silent Night liner unique is that it's incorporated with an antibacterial treatment that can help to prevent unwanted buildup of bacteria on the surface of the liner. The material is also soft against the skin and helps new and seasoned users alike to overcome the feeling of silicone against the skin, sinking into a deeper, more relaxed state while on the machine.
Each pack of four liners can be used for up to a month, as each liner works for 6-8 days.