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Who Needs a CPAP Pillow? (Plus the Best CPAP Pillow of 2022)

CPAP users, rejoice! If you are new to the CPAP pillow scene, get ready to have your world rocked. The research says that side sleeping is the best sleep position for sleep apnea. Patients treating their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with CPAP therapy have historically contended with tubes and facial gear getting in the way of side sleeping. What to do? Perhaps you need a CPAP pillow!

What is a CPAP Pillow?

Sleeping with a CPAP mask of any type can be tricky business at first. It’s easy to shift your mask off your face or get tangled in your CPAP tubing. Some folks contort into crazy positions while sleeping without knowing it. An awkward angle can cause air leaks, neck pain, and throw off your spinal alignment.

CPAP pillows are specially designed to prevent these problems! They use unique shapes and supportive materials to help you keep a proper position and a secure seal. They offer neck support and are usually created with memory foam. This reduces pressure points and optimizes airflow.

What is the Difference Between a CPAP Pillow and a Regular Pillow?

CPAP bed pillows feature cutout shapes that accommodate your mask and tubing. They include a curved bottom and ergonomic design to help keep the neck and shoulders properly aligned. They offer adjustability to create a more customized fit, and are usually hypoallergenic since CPAP patients benefit so much from this feature.

They are often made of materials that are more supportive than regular feather pillows. Think more like fiber fill or memory foam pillows. These special CPAP pillows are great for back sleepers and side sleepers. They can also help stomach sleepers get the proper support they need, even if the goal is to transition to becoming side or back sleepers for optimum airflow.

To be clear, they are also different from a nasal pillow mask. Nasal pillow masks are soft, malleable pillows that go directly under the nose. These are known to make CPAP users more comfortable than when bits of plastic are inserted into their nasal cavities. You may want to discuss this option with your doctor if a full face mask seems like overkill for your needs.

What is the Best CPAP Pillow?

We Recommend the CPAPmax 2.0!

The Contour Health CPAPmax 2.0 Pillow is designed to support the head and neck while accommodating even the bulkiest CPAP masks. It has a concave center to cradle the head and crescent cutouts to make room for shoulders. This creates orthopedic support for your neck and spinal column. There are even 4 different height configurations! This helps to accommodate larger and smaller skeletal builds.

You rest your face at the edge of the side cutouts, and your appliance hangs over the edge. This is a major upgrade from normal pillows that jam up against your appliance! For hot sleepers, there is a 3D air mesh side to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable with memory foam. For those who prefer to keep it warm and cozy, turn it over for a plush, hypoallergenic pillow top.


While the Contour Products CPAPMax Pillow 2.0 is designed for comfort, it was also developed for durability. It retains its shape for years, even after repeated, daily use! Plus, you can enjoy the buying confidence that comes with a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects.


Product Highlights:

  • Compatible with all masks and brands
  • Fabric-wrapped hose tether for comfort
  • Minimizes mask leaks with pressure-free side cutouts
  • Height-adjustable for individualized neck and shoulder support
  • Charcoal-infused bottom layer neutralizes odors
  • Largest dimensions 20” x 13” x 6”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Anyone Use a CPAP Pillow?

Yes! Even if you don’t use a CPAP machine you can still use a CPAP pillow. Its typical medium-firm construction is more supportive than a down pillow for a good night’s sleep. As long as it’s comfortable for you, grab a contoured pillow cover and jump right in (to bed!)

How Much Do CPAP Pillows Cost?

Typically between $30 to $100.

Do I need a Prescription for a CPAP Pillow?

Nope! Orthopedic contour products (like CPAP pillows and their pillow cases) are over-the-counter wellness supports. They are available to the public at many bedding stores and on the internet.

How Do I Care for a CPAP Pillow?

Your CPAP pillow will come with its own care instructions, but they usually include machine-washable covers. (Drool is fine! Soda and Cheeto dust? Not so much.)

Convinced and Ready to Try One?

We offer an excellent Pillow Bundle that includes the CPAPmax 2.0! It also includes the CPAP pillow case, and some lovely scented (or scent-free) mask wipes. The wipes are awesome and further reduce leaks and mask shifting.

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