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Do Sleep Apnea Pillows Work
Cervical pillows: It depends upon the body position that causes the most apneas. For many people, sleeping on their backs allows their jaws and tongue to drop back as gravity takes over the relaxed muscles and cause a blockage of the airway- often noted with snoring. So while the pillow may provide cervical support, it might better be used by lying on one's side, if that is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?
Varies: Mild to moderate sleep apnea (less than 30 events per hour) seem to respond the best to oral appliance therapy, but I have treated many severe apnics that cannot tolerate a CPAP with great success. Literature is showing more and more success with higher compliance of oral devices. They must be custom fitted and adjustable for best results. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually effective: Like all medications Provigil (modafinil) works better for some people than it does for others, and there are some people for whom it may not work at all. However, in my experience, it has been a highly effective medication for most people with excessive fatigue. It is indicated for excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and shift work, but it is used off label in many ways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have severe sleep apnea and have a cpap machine.It used to work great buy now if I start it I feel like I'm suffocating.Can I change settings legall?
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