If you're like us, you don't even think about if you are going to sleep on your stomach, back, or side when you hop under your covers. But for the 26% of American adults with sleep apnea, thinking about how you sleep is a critical aspect of treating their symptoms.
Sleep apnea affects almost every aspect of your daily life. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that individuals with sleep apnea have an increased risk for many health complications, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression.
The Old Man Is Snoring
Or young man or woman. Sleep apnea does not discriminate. The severe interruption of sleep can worsen during REM sleep, reducing the recuperative rest your body needs to function at maximum potential. Additionally, if your partner suffers from sleep apnea, you can also wave farewell to a peaceful night's sleep.
A plethora of research studies is available on which sleeping position is best for various types of chronic pain or diseases. Navigating that research on your own may seem like a daunting task. Do not be discouraged! Healthy sleeping habits are essential to a fulfilling and healthy life. Read on for the best sleeping positions to alleviate your sleep apnea!
Devices like a SUAD, OASYS, Silent Nite, Silencer Professional, Tongue Retaining Device, or MicrO₂® Sleep and Snore Device are all options for treatment at our Houston dentist office. Although these devices are a means of reducing the effects of sleep apnea, there is not one clear best choice, and they are not a one-size fit all approach to treatment.
Pick Your Sleep Position
Lifestyle changes, including sleeping positions, can also help you reach a restful and relaxing night's sleep. The many different sleeping positions make determining the best sleep position for you difficult. Here are the best sleeping positions for those suffering from sleep apnea::
- Side sleeping
- This position is highly recommended as it promotes air and blood flow throughout the body.
- Elevated sleeping
- Lying on your back will dramatically worsen your symptoms. For this reason, only sleep on your back if you can elevate your head, preventing gravity from pulling your tongue down and back blocking your airway.
- Stomach sleeping
- Be cautious sleeping on your stomach as it can lead to neck pain.
Contact our Houston Dentist
Selecting the best sleeping position is only one aspect of your sleep apnea treatment plan. Call 713-668-2289 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Konig to discuss the right-fit solution for your sleeping needs.