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Old 12-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Husband suffers from sleep apnea

My 51 yr. old husband suffers from sleep apnea; he literally stops breathing and wakes himself up, on and off through the night. He can sleep sometimes for an hour ok, and then this whole process begins again. When my husband had lost 30 pounds about 4 yr. ago, his sleep apnea was much better, almost non existant. He has put weight again, and the problem is back big time. I am going to add the fact that he has diabetes and high blood pressure. We realize that he is going to have to lose weight again to help with the sleep apnea, but in the process, is there anything that he can do to help him sleep better? Is there a sleeping position for people that suffer from sleep apnea that is best?

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Old 12-17-2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: Husband suffers from sleep apnea

Generally sleeping on one's side rather than on ones back helps
with obstructive sleep apnea. Also elevating the head of the bed.
Avoiding alcohol as it relaxes airway passage musculature and allows
obstruction to develop. Losing weight will help considerably as well.
It is a very dangerous combination your husband is dealing with.
Strokes and heart attacks are not uncommon with these factors in
place, not to mention unrefreshing sleep. Have y'all considered using
a CPAP too overcome the sleep issues? He really needs a sleep study
to determine the level of danger he is in with his symptom combination.

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