Positional Sleep Therapy

Positional sleep therapy is a simple approach to prevent you from sleeping on your back. Most people have obstructive sleep apnoea mainly when sleeping on their backs, ie. the supine position. Positional sleep therapy may include wearing a device around your back or waist. It will keep you resting in the side position.

For most people who cannot really sleep on their side, there are various products that can help, such as the Zzoma. If you discover that adjusting your sleep position will help you to sleep, but cannot stay on your side all through the night, you might want to consider the Zzoma, positional therapy device.

Research suggests that people with obstructive sleep apnoea get more apneic events when sleeping in the supine position. It is commonly known that snorers snore louder when positioned on their backs. The solution is for patients to sleep on their side and avoiding sleeping on their back. This is how positional therapy works. Using this treatment option in combination with a prescribed therapy from your medical sleep practitioner, can be a more helpful way to reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnoea and enhance the level of your sleep.

While sleeping, muscles in the airway and throat often relax, the tongue will fall to the back of the throat and the airway will become floppy and loose. These floppy tissues collide while breathing in and out, which causes the sound of snoring. The impacts are often heightened if the person is over-weight and/or takes sedatives before sleeping including alcohol. Sleeping in the side position will use the normal force of gravity to maintain the airway from being obstructed. When side sleeping the airway is less restricted, breathing becomes easier, and reduces snoring.