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Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
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Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
I'd love to hear from those who use the memory foam, side sleeper pillows that have the indentation for the CPAP Mask. My AHI numbers are WAY lower when I can stay on my side. I use one of those contraptions (much like tennis balls on the back of my shirt) around my chest at night but even still I find myself lurching up onto my back at night or even moving the strap in my sleep to allow myself to fall on my back - so I'm looking for additional support to stay on my side. I see many options online and I'm wondering if anyone here has a favorite

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04-17-2015 08:42 PM
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RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
Hello, s&s

I'm a side sleeper also. I tried several pillows including those indent ones, but never found them comfortable. Maybe because I tend to move from one side to the other a couple of times during a night.
What I've been using for several years is the sort of boomerang shaped pillow. It's called a travel CPAP pillow on the huge-river-name website that also sells books and records, etc. At least one of the providers in the list calls it a "mini-edge" pillow. One manufacturer also has a double edge one which I've not tried.
I now use my little travel pillow on top of the indent one. It keeps my head clear from any surface that would push against my nasal pillow masks, but still provides good support for my neck.
04-17-2015 09:33 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
I have tried the memory foam pillow with the side indents, which is now sitting on the floor in the corner of my bedroom. Also purchased the Mini Edge pillow and gave it to my daughter.
The problem with these pillows are that they are very hard...not firm...hard, like sleeping on a brick.
I purchased a "my pillow" and love it. You can punch an indent in the side if you want, or shape it however is comfy and it won't move.
Everyone is different. It's almost as expensive as trying different masks to see what works for you.

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04-18-2015 08:27 AM
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RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
I tried the cpap pillow with max in the name, and found it actually dislodged my mask more than a regular pillow without the cutouts. I tried it for a week and couldn't stand it, and since I love my mother in law so much I gave it her Wink
04-18-2015 10:20 AM
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Evpraxia Offline

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RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
Greetings sleepyandsad,

I have a foam pillow that, when looked at from the side edge, is high on the back, dipped in the middle and does a slight rise on the front that is lower than the back of the pillow. Search the web on contour pillow or neck support pillow and there loads of this type out there.

Hope you find what you need to keep you on your side(s) for sleeping.

Evpraxia in the Pacific Northwest USA
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04-18-2015 04:50 PM
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RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
+1 for my pillow it's an excellent pillow Smile
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04-18-2015 05:12 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Post: #7
RE: Pillows for Side sleeping and CPAP mask?
There's a review of the Contour CPAP pillow here:
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...-old-forum

I need neck support and use a feather pillow. It allows me to shape it to whatever I need, including the mask. I just make a divot for it. This worked with the FFM too. Some people sleep with their face at the edge of the pillow with the mask hanging off.

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04-18-2015 11:32 PM
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