Lifestyle Changes to Manage Sleep Apnea
General Guidelines for Managing Sleep Apnea
Stop Using Alcohol and Sedative Medications
Sleep on Your Side
Some people find that sleeping on one side, rather than sleeping on their backs or on their bellies, greatly reduces sleep apnea. You can use a variety of pillows to comfortably prop yourself on your side.
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