3 years ago, I wrote about this mask, which is a bit different from conventional CPAP masks.
I’ve been using it ever since, and getting the very best sleep with it. Finally, I decided I needed to replace some parts.
- The nose-piece that clips in place; the mask came with 4 of them, in different sizes. The Medium I had been using finally gave up the ghost, and I have been using the Medium Wide as a stop-gap, but it isn’t as good a fit.
- The headstrap is old and stretched and the velcro is not as good as it was.
But while I don’t mind spending money on stuff to help me sleep, the nose-piece is £54 and the headstrap is £38. While I can buy a whole new kit for £119. Which is what I did.
A few days later, talking to a nurse at Papworth Hospital, I discovered that this mask – which was a complete no-no for funding 3 years ago – is now something they carry, and can provide free of charge.
I actually don’t care. £119 for 3 years good sleep is cheap.
But that isn’t why I am posting.
This mask is now available on the NHS. If you use a CPAP and have problems with finding a comfortable mask, ask if you can try a Respironics Dream Wear. It is the most comfortable mask I know, no pressure spots, you can lie on your back or side without worrying, and you can even wear your glasses with it.
It now comes in two forms: a simple nasal mask, which fits snugly under your nose, or with pillows, which insert into your nostrils, for a snugger fit.
I prefer the former, but I know some folk like nasal pillows.