Body Position Restraining & Sleep Apnea
Tips on How to Sleep with Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a serious sleeping disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing for brief periods throughout the night. These episodes can occur in small bouts, or up to hundreds of times in one evening.
Upon further diagnosis, it is quite common for sleep doctors to tell patients to sleep on their sides because sleeping on the back is known to stimulate upper airway closure during apnea episodes. This phenomenon is called positional apnea.
How Can Sleep Position Assist my Apnea?
As evidenced above, sleep position can significantly impact the amount of apnea episodes throughout the night. After discussing your sleep analysis with your Sleep Specialist, you may be told to sleep on your side as a basic, yet highly effective solution to positional sleep apnea.
Common Body Position Restraining Tips:
A minor challenge associated with positional apnea therapy is the idea of body
position restraining: staying on your side during the night, or finding
a way of disallowing yourself to roll into other sleeping positions.
Tennis at night? Not exactly, but the vast majority of sleep doctors who diagnose patients with positional sleep apnea advise patients to put a tennis ball or two into a sock and affix it to the back of a t-shirt. Although effective, this solution is quite uncomfortable. If you know you have positional apnea and tennis ball method is not ideal, you may wish to try an apena treatment with the same concept –just a little more comfort.
Don’t Quit. Whether you’re treating your apnea with the tennis ball method or the Sleep Apnea T-Shirt, it is important not to quit once you start experiencing a restful sleep. Despite this initial inclination being common, this apnea treatment is an excellent way to manage positional sleep apnea for the long haul.
Finally, if you’ve tried a positional therapy solution and are still experiencing daytime fatigue or nighttime awakenings, talk to your doctor about other solutions.