Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Change Your Sleep Position

The unfortunate symptoms of your sleep apnea may leave you desperate for a snoring remedy. One of the things you can do to both treat your sleep apnea and prevent snoring is to adjust your sleeping position.

Changing your sleep position may seem like an impossible feat, but with practice and relaxation it can be done. For most people it only takes about two weeks, and the benefits are worth the effort.

Some sleep positions may provide a snoring remedy and improve your sleep apnea, while others can make it worse:
  • Side: Side sleeping is the best position for increasing blood flow and oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea. Adding a pillow between your legs can alleviate tension on your spine that can lead to lower back pain. Be sure to use a pillow with plenty of loft to keep your head in line with your spine.
  • Stomach: Stomach sleeping can also help keep your airways more open and provide a remedy to your snoring, but it can put a lot of pressure on your spine, neck, face, breasts, and joints.
  • Back: While back sleeping offers many benefits to those suffering from back problems or acid reflux, it is the worst for snoring, and can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms and asthma.
To keep your desired position while you are getting used to it, you can try wearing backpack or fannypack with a few folded towels inside to prevent you from rolling back onto your back. Another tip is to use pillows around your body so it is uncomfortable to roll over.

To find out more about snoring remedies and behavior modification for sleep apnea, call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 5:00 PM