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    Old 08-31-2003, 01:27 PM   #1
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    Question Apnea and Pillow elevation ?

    Just had a sleep test, waiting for results next week. I have been sleeping on a gerd elevated pillow for 8 months now. I was told that elevating the head helped with gerd. It seemed to make no difference to me. But over the past few months symptoms of apnea have developed.
    2 days ago I put the gerd pillow away and just used my 2 regular pillows as I used to use. I slepth better than I had in months. How can this be?
    I was also told that pillow elevation helped aphnea, in my case it seems as if pillow elevation made it worse?
    Anyone else ever experience this?
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    Old 09-01-2003, 09:30 AM   #2
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    IF...your apnea symptoms are positional (not everyone's is) then sleeping on a wedge AND side sleeping would both be helpful.
    Do you know gerd is freqently CAUSED by apnea? As you try harder to suck in air against a collapsed airway, you actually pull stomach acids up to fill the vacuum.!! Have you had a sleep study...a cpap might give you relief from BOTH problems

    Old 09-02-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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    The critical thing here is whether your shoulders are raised with your back straight for positional Gerd, i don't see how raising just the head would help at all, also make sure you don't sleep with your back curved so that your chest presses on your stomach.It usually is better sleeping on your right side than your left.

    To help prevent one cause of apnoea I would think you need to ensure that your head isn't bent forwards chin down as that usually narows the airway.

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