Nov 06

For people that suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, something as simple as changing your body position while sleeping can affect the severity of the airway obstruction. The worst position to sleep in is on your back. In this position, the soft tissue, tongue and musculature that surrounds the airway tends to collapse around the airway, making it difficult to breathe. Sleeping on your side or stomach rather than on your back will allow you to breathe much easier. To help you to maintain good body position while sleeping, you can try one of the many products that are on the market that make it uncomfortable to sleep on your back.lady_sleeping_C2

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Oct 21

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be treated on different levels. If you have been diagnosed by a medical doctor with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you should follow his/her recommendation for professional treatment, which usually will consist of wearing a CPAP or an oral appliance. The oral appliance can be delivered by a dentist trained in sleep dentistry.

In addition to following the medical treatment recommendations, there are 5 things that you can do at home to treat OSA. I will cover each of the 5 things in subsequent blog posts. The five things are:

1) Lose Weight
2) Stop smoking
3) Abstain from drinking Alcohol or taking sedatives before bedtime
4) Sleep on your side
5) Treat nasal congestion before sleeping

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