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My boyfriend has pretty bad sleep apnea. Short of going to a sleep doctor, what options does he have?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Limited
Weight loss if he is overweight.
A 10% reduction in weight leads to a 50% reduction in snoring and improvement in apnea. Breath right strips to improve his nasal airway. Sleeping on his side. Sew a tennis ball into a pocket in the lower back of a tee shirt. Sleeping in it he will not ever sleep in his back again. Avoid alcohol.

In brief: Limited
Weight loss if he is overweight.
A 10% reduction in weight leads to a 50% reduction in snoring and improvement in apnea. Breath right strips to improve his nasal airway. Sleeping on his side. Sew a tennis ball into a pocket in the lower back of a tee shirt. Sleeping in it he will not ever sleep in his back again. Avoid alcohol.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: It Depends
Weight loss is a great and common first option, but some people have anatomic problems with their airways that weight reduction will not address.
If your boyfriend is tired after sleeping all night, snores, or is having trouble staying awake during the day, he really needs to see a specialist in sleep medicine to determine what is the best option or options for him.

In brief: It Depends
Weight loss is a great and common first option, but some people have anatomic problems with their airways that weight reduction will not address.
If your boyfriend is tired after sleeping all night, snores, or is having trouble staying awake during the day, he really needs to see a specialist in sleep medicine to determine what is the best option or options for him.
Dr. Jason Hall
Dr. Jason Hall
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Dr. Patrick Melder
see my health guide: https://www.healthtap.com/health_guide/254 No matter if your boyfriend feels rested or not.. he should have a sleep study. Self-reported symptoms of tiredness are known to not accurately reflect the presence of sleep apnea.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: None!!!
If you value the health of your boyfriend, then you should insist on him seeing a sleep specialist.
The symptoms that can develop from non treatment of sa can be life threatening!

In brief: None!!!
If you value the health of your boyfriend, then you should insist on him seeing a sleep specialist.
The symptoms that can develop from non treatment of sa can be life threatening!
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Weight
It may be hard to get someone to go see a doctor about their problem but this is the best way to get well informed and treated.
For some, osa may be treated using gradual weight loss. For young people with large tonsils, tonsillectomy may work. To diminish symptoms, avoidance of alcohol or muscle relaxants in the evening is a good idea. Sleeping on side may help some people.

In brief: Weight
It may be hard to get someone to go see a doctor about their problem but this is the best way to get well informed and treated.
For some, osa may be treated using gradual weight loss. For young people with large tonsils, tonsillectomy may work. To diminish symptoms, avoidance of alcohol or muscle relaxants in the evening is a good idea. Sleeping on side may help some people.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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