Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
Posted on 9/15/2018 by Jeff Wasielewski DDS
Most people have a preferred sleeping position. Whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach, changing that position is very difficult for adults. If you suffer from OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it could help with your symptoms.
Sleep Position That Helps Sleep Apnea
Sleeping positions affect your quality of sleep, and some are better than others, not only for people with sleep apnea but those with other health conditions. For example, sleeping on your stomach can cause back and neck pain, and sleeping on your back can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
In some cases, sleeping on your left side is considered the best position because it puts the least strain on your breathing and allows the best blood flow. However, for people with an enlarged heart, this may not be the best choice.
Supine sleeping is when you sleep on your back. Sleeping in this position could lead to twice the chances of experiencing sleep apnea because the muscles of the end of the tongue block the airways. People who sleep on their stomach are the least likely to suffer from this condition.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
While sleeping on your left side can help if you suffer from sleep apnea, it is essential to get the correct treatment to avoid the development of more severe health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In most cases, you will need medical treatment that can cure your sleep apnea. It doesn't necessarily mean that you need surgery, however.
Many treatments start with the use of CPAP therapy. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and involves using a machine, placed over the nose to help a person who suffers from sleep apnea breath more comfortable and get a better night's sleep.
There are also surgical options that you can discuss with us that will treat your sleep apnea when CPAP therapy is not working out. Our surgeons will explain what the best treatment for your particular situation is. If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, please give us a call.
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