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As all of our patient's can attest

As all of our patient's can attest, Dr. Callender feels very strongly about the need for his sleep apnea patients to sleep on their side. A recent article from the National Sleep Foundation highlighted the "Best Sleep Positions for Sleep Apnea Sufferers". Here is what they had to say:

Side Sleeping

Rest on one side, slightly curled with your knees bent. Use a supportive pillow for your head that keeps your spine in alignment. Side sleeping can be made better by placing a pillow between your knees.

To help you do this, you can sew a pocket or pin a sock on the back of your pajamas and place an object like a tennis ball (we recommend a whiffle ball) into it. You'll detect an attempt to lie flat on your back during the night and you can adjust back to a side sleeping position. This may also mean that it's time to check out a new mattress - a worn-out mattress is often uncomfortable for side sleeping.

Upright sleeping

Elevate your head significantly while you sleep to improve your breathing. You can use multiple pillows or even try a specially designed wedge pillow to achieve this position. Some beds offer moveable support that allows you to raise the mattress to help accommodate upright sleeping.

Posted by R. Sam Callender DDS | 11/12/2014 10:24:00 AM