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07/31/2013 at 4:27 pm #70378Jim HoffmanParticipant
I wanted to know if anyone has successfully switched from being a stomach sleeper to a back sleeper?
I’ve been trying to sleep on my back but I can’t seem to fall asleep on my back even on different mattresses and pillow combinations. I’ve tried most of what you read on forums:
- softer mattress
- smaller pillow
- memory foam mattress topper
- the ergonomic memory foam neck pillow that has two elevated ridges
- elevating the front of the bed so your head is a slighty higher than your feet
From what I can tell it seems to be a problem with my breathing as I start snoring and wake myself up or can’t get enough air so I can’t fall asleep until I roll over. I can drift off on my back but I just don’t reach the point where I’m asleep. I’m assuming if I go to a sleep clinic they will try to get me on a CPAP machine which I doesn’t really seem like a viable option. Also, I’m not overweight or anywhere near overweight which I know could be a reason for sleep/snoring problems.
Anyone have any other ideas? Sleeping on my side usually ends up with me on my stomach.
07/31/2013 at 10:37 pm #72534AnonymousGuest
Snoring can be caused by other factors than being overweight.
Enlarged adenoids, or a floppy soft palate are 2.
If you see an ear, nose, and throat doctor both can be addressed.
Enlarged adenoids are taken out and there is a spray that you can get for the soft palate situation.
Make sure your neck is extended and your chin is up when sleeping..
Sometimes a pillow tips your chin to your chest which collapses the airway.
Your jaw could be mispositioned often caused by muscle tension.
07/31/2013 at 10:52 pm #72535Jim HoffmanParticipant
Interesting, I never knew! Thank you Kaitlin I will try to get an appointment with a Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor ASAP.
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