In order to maintain continuous air pressure when you breathe, you may need the help of certain CPAP equipment. One such item is a CPAP mask. Depending on your situation, a certain type of mask may be best suited to you. Here are the three main types:  

Nasal Pillow

Nasal pillow masks are some of the most common mask choices you will hear about for CPAP due to their minimalistic design. They are the smallest type of mask and they simply rest of the face of the person using it. It sits on the upper lip and then proceeds to blow air (which is pressurized) through two different nasal tubes. The tubes are flexible and fit right into your nostrils, being secured by a head strap.

There are many benefits of a nasal pillow. They are lightweight, for one. They also allow you to browse the internet or watch tv before bed, as they don't interfere with your vision as much as other masks. You can wear your glasses as your nose bridge is uncovered. There is a reduced amount of air leakage as well.

Nasal Mask

These masks are shaped like a triangle and go over your nose, covering the skin from your upper lip to the bridge of your nose. Their popularity in the CPAP wearing community is due to their versatility. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and fits. They also allow airflow to be more natural, as the pressure is not as direct. The suction of the mask also keeps it in place very well as you sleep.

Full Face Mask

This type goes over your entire nose and mouth, as well as part of your face. Side straps are used to keep the mask from slipping out of place. This is a great option if you are a mouth breather and other masks have not worked for you. It also allows higher pressure to be sent through the mask, and lets you tolerate the increase in pressure due to its indirect airflow. Optional nasal customizations can be done to fit it even better to your face.

After evaluating these main types of CPAP masks, you should have a better understanding of which one fits your needs. Every person is different in their breathing patterns, so be sure to consult a professional before selecting the mask for you. Then you can enjoy restful sleep and relaxation.