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Lose weight. Some studies have shown that losing weight reduces the number
of times an hour that you stop breathing (apnea) or that the airflow to your
lungs is reduced (hypopnea).5, 6 Experts agree that
weight loss should be part of managing sleep apnea.6 If you are overweight and have sleep apnea, nutritional counseling may help.
Limit the use of alcohol and medicine. Drinking
excessive amounts of alcohol or taking certain medicines, especially sleeping
sedatives, before sleep may make symptoms worse.
Get plenty of sleep. Apnea episodes may be more
frequent when you have not had enough sleep.
Quit smoking. The
nicotine in tobacco relaxes the muscles that keep the airways open. If you
don't smoke, those muscles are less likely to collapse at night and narrow the
Promptly treat breathing problems, such as a
stuffy nose caused by a cold or allergies.
Sleeping habit changes
Sleep on your side. Try this: Sew a pocket in
the middle of the back of your pajama top, put a tennis ball into the pocket,
and stitch it shut. This will help keep you from sleeping on your back.
Sleeping on your side may eliminate mild sleep apnea.7
Raise the head of your bed4 in. (10 cm) to
6 in. (15 cm) by putting bricks
under the legs of the bed. You can also use a special pillow (called a cervical
pillow) when you sleep. A cervical pillow can help your head stay in a position
that reduces sleep apnea. Using regular pillows to raise your head and upper
body won't work.