How changing sleep positions may help minimize Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea can be a serious condition. You should always follow your doctor’s orders and discuss any changes you would like to try with him. Unfortunately many sleep apnea sufferers avoid using their CPAP machines because of the cumbersome masks they have to wear every night but if you have positional sleep apnea you may experience relief when laying on your side.
2/3 of Americans sleep on their side but if you are not one of them it can feel difficult to make the switch. If you sleep on your back try to start on your side every night. Be sure you have a pillow that is wide enough to support your neck without bending. Generally side sleepers like a pillow that is as wide as the space between their ear and the edge of their shoulder. If your still fall to your back sleeping ways in the middle of the night we can get more creative.
One excellent method is to sew a pocket with 3 tennis balls onto the back of a t-shirt you can wear to sleep. If you turn and lay on your back in the middle of the night your body will feel the discomfort of the tennis balls and eventually you will stop your old habit of laying on your back.
If sleeping on your side does not have an effect on your sleep apnea sometimes weight loss of as little as 20 lbs can help so don’t give up hope.