To make nighttime breathing easier, there are a few tricks you can try. One of them is as simple as sleeping in the correct position. Here are some positions you may find helpful if you are struggling to breathe properly at night. If you use them as part of your bedtime strategy, you may find that they make a real difference.
If you usually sleep on your back, it could be contributing to your sleep apnea. When you are on your back, gravity pulls the tongue and other soft tissues in such a way as to partially obstruct the airway. This can contribute to sleep apnea.
Try sleeping on your side using a good pillow to elevate your head and prevent a sore neck in the morning. Try to get your head elevated to the point where your neck does not bend either upward or downward. If you experience discomfort in the knees, try drawing your top leg up towards your torso, or place a pillow in between the knees.
If you have difficulty sleeping on your side, try putting pillows under your upper torso and sleeping in a reclined (but not flat) position. Make a “ramp” or “wedge” sufficient to elevate your torso at about a 15-degree angle. This will allow you to be comfortable enough to sleep while at the same time preventing the tongue and soft tissue from moving straight back in such a manner as to restrict airflow.
If you need other tips to make your nighttime breathing easier, try doing a brief Internet search. In addition, we are always happy to talk with you about any of your health concerns. Here at Carolina Dental Sleep Center, we are here for you, so give us a call today, or come see us to discuss your questions and concerns.