As you may know, your spouse always snores more on their back. You aren’t the only one out elbowing and shoving that lumberjack (jane) to their side. Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea is real, and, if addressed properly can improve sleep quality, for everyone in the room.
Put plainly, gravity doesn’t rest because we do. It shouldn’t be a stretch to understand that our muscles relax while we are sleeping, including the tongue and pharynx. Research confirms that sleeping on your back increase the severity and frequency of obstructions relative to lying on one’s side.
That is because it works. With increased attention to obstructive and central sleep apnea, several products have been developed to aid those with positional sleep apnea. Positional Therapy methods vary in price and sophistication. From keeping a tennis ball in the middle of your back (about $5 for 3) to the positional pillow below (about $bed bath and beyond), there are many strategies to keeping sleepers on the side.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea it is always best to consult a professional for medical advice. That being said, using a combination of methods could enhance sleep quality. In the meantime, post your strategies and feedback below.