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Sticking with the Position

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The traditional method of controlling positional obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the so-called “tennis ball technique” in which the patient uses a physical device to avoid the supine posture during sleep, is inexpensive, easy to implement, and effective in the short term. But its compliance and effectiveness drop in the long term.

As it has in other areas of sleep medicine, technology is offering solutions to improving compliance for treatments of positional OSA by making treatment easier, less invasive, and more data driven.

Several devices are currently on the market in the United States and abroad that researchers are finding to be even more effective, and more importantly, they improve compliance over longer stretches of time.

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The Buzz About Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

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It happened again–a night’s sleep was wrecked by the gasping for air, snoring and snorting caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The symptoms strike whenever you roll over onto your back, and even though you know a CPAP machine would fix the problem, you just can’t get yourself to use one. You might even have a machine gathering dust in a corner of your bedroom.

No worries. If lying on your back really is what sets off your OSA, there is, in fact, a new way to avoid symptoms and get some shut-eye.

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Night Shift on Financial Times’ How To Spend It

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Snoring and sleep apnoea are a complicated business, and there are many competing remedies around. There seems to be no question that, at best, snoring ruins your sleep and other people’s; at worst, when it is full-on apnoea, it can cause subtle deterioration in your brain function and even shorten life.

This “sleep positioner” from small, respectable, California company Advanced Brain Monitoring seeks to help mild-to-moderate sleep-apnoea sufferers self-correct their sleeping position…

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