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Pillow For Sleep Apnea
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?
PAP therapy: The gold standard treatment is with a pap (positive airway pressure) device. Oral devices made by a dentist or possible surgical options with an ENT can be considered for those who have mild disease. Weight loss is always encouraged as well as proper sleep hygiene. Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 5-6 hours before bed is also advised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For a sleep apnea patient does the patient have to sleep on his back or is it okay to sleep on their side.
Side is better: Sleeping on the side may decrease but not usually eliminate sleep apnea. You should get a sleep study done either at a sleep study center(best) or have your doctor order at home sleep study (as long as it has some form of positional monitoring) to get an accurate diagnosis first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I can't afford a cpap machine right now. Are there any other alternatives that help with sleep apnea?
A few other options: Some companies have patient assistance programs that can help. Alternatives do include dental devices which are billed under your medical insurance. Ent consultation may yield some help with medications or possible surgical options. Avoid sleeping on your back by using wedge pillow or a tennis ball sown into a pocket on the back of your shirt. Weight loss is always beneficial in sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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