5 quick CPAP mask fitting tips

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July 4th 2023

Do you need CPAP mask fitting advice? We’re here to help! If your mask feels comfortable you’re more likely to wear it consistently – plus a mask that fits well and feels like it’s the right size for you face should work more efficiently while you sleep.

You’ll find lots of CPAP mask fitting advice on this website – including sizing guides. But if you’re in a hurry and just want to know the mask fitting basics, here are our top five tips to remember.

Tip #1: Take your time to find the right CPAP mask for you

When you see your healthcare provider after being prescribed CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, they will help you with fitting, trialling and choosing your mask – you may have to try different types of mask styles before finding the one that suits you best. From the first time you use your mask it’s important to share any concerns you have about the way your mask fits, even if minor. It’s crucial you feel sure the mask is comfortable mask and only you will know if it is. ResMed has several types of masks to choose from to help you get the most suitable treatment.


Tip #2: Always read the CPAP device and mask instructions!

It may sound obvious, but if you’re new to therapy or have just acquired a new CPAP mask, you must read the user guide before using your new equipment. Even if you’ve been on CPAP therapy for a long time, each mask is different so reading up on how to fit them properly is essential. If you have a ResMed CPAP mask, you can check our informative online user guides.


Tip #3: Learn how to put on your CPAP mask correctly

If your mask felt good during fitting with your healthcare provider but not quite right when you’re at home, you may not be putting it on correctly (although reading the user guide should help you with this!). Even small adjustments to the headgear can make all the difference when it comes to comfort and effectiveness. So always ask your healthcare provider to show you how to put your mask on so it matches the contours of your face in the way it’s designed to. You can also download the myAir app – it has videos and tips that may help you keep up good mask-fitting practices at home.


Tip #4: Don’t overtighten straps for a proper CPAP mask fit

Many people who use a CPAP machine think that if they tighten their mask as much as they can, they will achieve a good seal. However, the truth is that overtightening the mask can actually result in unwanted mask leaks, as well as make you feel uncomfortable during therapy. Try to ensure your CPAP mask is correctly tightened and secure without leaving red marks on your face or causing discomfort.


Tip #5: Adjust for facial changes over time

Everything changes over time, including our faces – whether that’s due to ageing, losing or putting on weight, or even growing a beard or other facial hair – and this can affect how your CPAP mask fits. If this happens and you find your mask isn’t fitting as well as it used to, or is causing discomfort, consider purchasing a new mask that better suits your current needs before you start having issues with your treatment.


See more help for CPAP mask fit problems

If you try these tips and still have CPAP mask fitting issues, or your problem isn’t covered here, check out ‘Discover the solutions to 7 common CPAP mask problems’ for more information. And remember, if you’re in any doubt about the way your mask fits, speak to your healthcare provider.

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