CPAP Pillow

A CPAP pillow is a very specialized type of pillow that is meant to be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine. If you want to skip the description and information below, you can skip ahead and see my top choices.

CPAP Pillow Reviews

The first pillow below is my favorite, and it is made of memory foam. The second is my personal second favorite, which is recommended for larger folks (over 200 pounds). The third is my top choice for a cheap CPAP pillow. To see them for sale, simply click on the images below.

Science of Sleep CPAP Pillow

Science of Sleep CPAP Pillow

Contour CPAP Pillow

Contour CPAP Pillow

Core CPAP Pillow

Our Favorite Bargain CPAP Pillow










To understand why the Psyche Memory Foam pillow is my first choice, you can simply look at the images on Amazon. It has straps available around the top that keep the hose of the mask in check, and keep it from becoming tangled at night. I liked that feature, but some people prefer to suspend the hose from a swing arm or to do it some other way. The third pillow is actually the most popular of this type of pillow on Amazon, but that may be due to the price rather than the actual comfort. I have tried both, and I prefer the memory foam version.

If you are unsure why someone would need to use this type of pillow, then you probably aren’t familiar with the use and purpose of a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a medical device that requires a doctor’s prescription, and it is used to keep the patient’s airway open during sleep to prevent episodes of sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Constant Positive Air Pressure, and the device has a hose that the patient wears over his or her mouth and nose, or sometimes just attached to the nose, and it pushes a gentle flow of air into the nostrils that causes the airways to inflate slightly, which serves to keep them open and unblocked at all times. Many people who wake up groggy every morning even after getting 8 or 9 hours of sleep may be experiencing sleep apnea, which prevents you from getting high-quality REM sleep, which is the most restful type of sleep.

What is a CPAP Pillow and Why Would I Need One?

Because the CPAP hose attaches to the patient’s face and is held in place with a head band or some other attachments (think of it kind of like an elephant’s trunk that is held on by a strap), most people find it necessary to use this special CPAP pillow to prevent pressure on the hose from causing it to become detached if they turn onto their side, for example. Most CPAP Pillows are made of a memory foam material, and they feature “cutouts” or indentations on each side where the CPAP hose would rest if you were to turn on your side. Many, many people have a hard time adjusting to the use of the CPAP mask, and they go through a variety of different masks and harnesses before they find one they can live with. A large number of people simply give up because they can’t get used to wearing the mask.  Getting used to the mask can be sped up with the use of a CPAP pillow, because it is often the case that the mask that seems uncomfortable might be just fine if you use it in combination with the right pillow. I went through several pillows before I settled on my favorite one that I listed above, Psyche’s memory foam pillow. I would recommend that, if you have been told you need to use a CPAP machine, you should invest in a high quality CPAP pillow right away, from the very first night, because it may save you from having to try so many different types of mask, and it will certainly help you adjust to using the machine, which can be an actual lifesaver! Good luck!

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