Positional sleep therapy consists in a method that keeps the patient with snoring or obstructive apnea in a side sleeping position in order to prevent the airway to collapse in order to understand why your airway may collapse please read causes of sleep apnea . Positional therapy positional therapy is a behavioral strategy to treat positional sleep apnea some people have sleep apnea primarily when sleeping on their back this is called the supine position their breathing returns to normal when they sleep on their side positional therapy may involve wearing a special device around your waist . We hypothesized that positional therapy would be equivalent to continuous positive airway pressure cpap at normalizing the apnea hypopnea index ahi in patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea osa positional therapy was equivalent to cpap at normalizing the ahi to less than 5 events . The undervalued potential of positional therapy in position dependent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea a review of the literature sleep breath 201317139 49 levendowski d cunnington d swieca j westbrook p user compliance and behavioral adaptation associated with supine avoidance therapy. Although a sleep apnea mouthpiece isnt going to force you to sleep in a certain position using the mouthpiece in combination with some of the positional sleep apnea options weve discussed above should ensure the best protection against obstructive sleep apnea episodes
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