Work With Me

62: Face farts? Here’s what to do.

cpap May 20, 2023
Face farts

Your CPAP mask attacks again– face farts when you are trying to sleep!  Keep calm and carry on- this problem is fixable by following these steps.  

  1. Adjust the mask straps while lying down on your backHeadgear straps can stretch out over time.  Tighten them up just a little bit so they are snug.  You should feel a comfortable and evenly distributed seal where the mask touches your face.  You can check the seal by moving around in bed to see if it’s stable.
  2. Give your mask a good cleaning.  Your CPAP mask can accumulate dirt, oils, and bacteria.  This is GUNK.  Not only is gunk gross, but it can also cause air leaks. Put your mask in a bath with warm water and mild soap. Rinse it thoroughly and let it air dry.  Consider whether you need to clean your mask more often than you have been.
  3. Use a cloth mask liner.  Mask liners are disposable or washable cloths meant to fit in between your face and the mask.  This is a good choice for nasal masks or full face masks.  The cloth acts as a gasket to help the seal.  For some people, using a cloth liner prolongs the life of the mask and reduces skin irritation.   
  4. Replace your mask regularly.  CPAP masks have a lifespan of 3-6 months, depending on how often you clean them, skin oils, and other factors. Over time, the mask can lose its shape and elasticity, making it more prone to leaks.  
  5. Consider a different mask type or a different size.  If you have lost weight, gained weight, or changed your usual sleeping position, you might need to find another mask that will work better for you.  Try different sizes and styles of masks until you find the one that fits you the best.

Eliminating mask leak is important!  That air is part of your treatment and needs to go to the right place.  Not to mention that breaking wind is breaking your sleep.  

CPAP mask problems are a pain in the patootie.  Oftentimes people with sleep apnea don’t know all the choices for masks, much less HOW to choose.  If you are unhappy with your mask, you can get help here:  

<<< The Ultimate Guide to CPAP Masks >>>

Super Sleep Free Membership

Join the Super Sleep Membership to access our free resources including a sleep apnea mini course and downloadable guides.

Sign Up