treatment for sleep apnea
sleep apnea is responsive to self-help remedies, or “behavioral
Some of the following self-help treatments for sleep apnea
may work for you.
weight. Overweight individuals who lose even 10% of their
weight can reduce sleep apnea during the night and dramatically
improve the quality of their sleep.
the use of alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives such as sleeping
pills. Avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and sleeping
pills can reduce the likelihood of airway closure during
on your side. People who experience sleep apnea only when
they sleep on their backs can benefit from special pillows
or folk remedies that encourage side-sleeping, such as the
“tennis ball trick” (putting a tennis ball under
you to make back-sleeping uncomfortable).
your sleep hours. Irregular sleep hours can throw off your
sleep cycles and lead to breathing problems during the most
important sleep stages.
Stabilizing bedtime hours and eliminating disturbances to
your sleep can reduce sleep apnea.