As you may already know, changing your sleep position can be extremely helpful if you’re a patient who is snoring or you’re someone in need of sleep apnea treatment. Remember, the reason for these sleep disorders is the partial or full obstruction of your airways. While there are many factors that come into play, sometimes, it’s simply gravity and the shift of soft tissues toward your throat that makes things worse. So, if you’re a back sleeper, we remind you that this is not the best way to sleep because it promotes breathing disruption. Instead, lying on your stomach or on your side is much better! Ready to make the change but not sure how? Our Livonia, MI team can offer guidance!
Tip: Get A Sleep-Position Pillow
Did you know that there are different types of pillows that are made specifically for the type of sleeper you are? They offer different modes of support, depending on the way you are lying in bed when you sleep! So, you may wish to consider swapping out your usual pillow for one that’s made for a stomach or side sleeper. It can help ensure you’re comfy and relaxed as you transition to this new position!
Tip: Get Into The Position To Fall Asleep
This may go without saying but we remind you that your sleeping position isn’t going to change all on its own! Since you would like to support your sleep apnea treatment or any other treatment you’re receiving, changing your sleep position has become a priority and it’s something you’ll have to train yourself to do! With that said, do your best to get into a side or stomach sleeping position the second you get into bed! It will help you become accustomed to the change.
Tip: Give Yourself Time
Remember, you might lie on your side the first night, and the second night, and so on, as you’re trying to change your position to improve your sleep apnea and to support your sleep apnea treatment. However, you may wake up on your back. Don’t forget that such changes may take some time! Rather than becoming frustrated, just recognize from the get-go that you’ll need to take a steady, committed approach until your brain and body adapt to what you’re trying to convince it to do, while you sleep!
Improve Sleep With Our Tips
Come in for the comprehensive attention you need for sleep improvement. Begin treatment with our team for sleep apnea and other concerns, as you also head home with important tips for lifestyle changes. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.