While you are working toward losing weight - or if weight loss has been achieved or deemed unnecessary - and you continue to snore, the second set of treatments are habitual or lifestyle changes. First, I always recommend to my patients who snore that they change their
body position at night. I find that most people who snore sleep on their backs: Snoring decreases significantly when you sleep on your side and almost goes away entirely if you can learn to sleep on your stomach. By making this simple change, you’ll find that your snoring may improve dramatically.
There have been various contraptions sold over the years that will gently remind you to get off your back. You can also try to kick this habit by wearing a pocket T-shirt or dress shirt to bed with the breast pocket on your back. Place a tennis ball in the pocket, and lie down on your side. During the night, if you roll over on your back, you’ll instantly feel the ball, making it uncomfortable to sleep on your back, and you will shift your position to either your side or your stomach.
Like snoring, OSA is linked to increased weight gain, and there are several medications that can help bring your weight, and therefore your sleep apnea, under control. The medical
If you are diagnosed with OSA, the most common treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine is no more than a generator connecting a hos
If your doctor believes that you have sleep apnea, he or she will suggest that you participate in an overnight sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram. The polysomnogram is the
Luckily, sleep apnea is both easily identified and effectively treated. The most important first step is to keep a sleep diary for 2 weeks. The sleep diary will help your doctor de
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may also be connected to sleep apnea. In an important study by the American College of Gastroenterology, it was found that patients with slee
If you or someone you know suffers from CAID, snores regularly, and has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be OSA. Symptoms will get worse with age and weight gain: