Even though it is necessary for our health, many of us are terrible at sleeping. Whether we have insomnia, anxiety, snoring problems, or sleep apnea, poor sleep can really affect our overall health. In many cases your sleep position really matters, and is not just some “old wives tale.” For people who value quality sleep, or have a sleep condition such as obstructive sleep apnea, positional sleep therapy may be the key to getting better rest.
What is Positional Sleep Therapy?
Simply put, positional sleep therapy is changing your sleep position in order to help improve your quality of sleep. For example, many people who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea, who sleep on their back, find that when they change their sleep position to a side sleep position, their breathing returns to normal. In fact, about half of people who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea see a reduction in symptoms just by sleeping on their side.
For many people who find it hard to sleep on their side, there are many different products that can help. You can use products such as body pillows, sleep belts, or cushions to assist you in maintaining that optimal position through the night. The problem with changing your sleep position is that many of us are constantly moving in our sleep. If you find out that changing your sleep position helps you sleep, but can't stay on your side throughout the night, you may want to consider one of these types of products.
If you think that Positional Sleep Therapy might be right for you you may want to consider seeing a sleep specialist. They will be able to provide you with more information on additional therapies that may be able to work with in conjunction with Positional Sleep Therapy. In any case, finding the right combination of treatments can dramatically improve your quality of your sleep resulting in overall improvement in your health.