How Do You Breathe With A CPAP Mask If You’re Congested?
So I was having dinner with my brother-in-law last night and we were talking about our CPAP machines and how both of us were doing with them. I mentioned to him that I had a bit of a cold and was somewhat congested. I told him that I didn’t have a very good sleep the previous night because I was congested, almost to the point of feeling claustrophobic with my CPAP mask on. He told me that he has felt the same way in previous instances whenever he was battling a cold.
Then he suggested something to me that made perfect sense, but it was something I had never considered before, given that it was the first time I had been sick while wearing my CPAP mask. He suggested wearing one of those Breathe Right Nasal Strips underneath your CPAP mask. They help to open the air passages of the nose, which would then allow the CPAP mask to work properly. The underside of the nasal strip is adhesive so that once they are positioned on the nose, they stay there. However, bear in mind that each strip can only be used once.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never tried them before. My brother-in-law said that he has had a lot of success with them. I respect his opinion, so I’ll have to give them a try. Apparently, they are also supposed to help with snoring, but given that I wear a CPAP mask, snoring is no longer an issue for me.
I’m including a few links for nasal strips below. You can get them in one size fits all, small, medium, or large sizes. They also come in clear or tan colored. Breathe Right nasal strips help to reduce or eliminate snoring. They also provide relief from congestion due to colds, allergies or sinusitis. They have patented duel flex bars that, when attached, gently pull the nasal passages open to allow you to get more air, and they are drug free.
Please drop me a line and share your experiences, good or bad, using some form of nasal strips. I would love to hear from you and whether you think they work or not!