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Adjustable Bed?

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TheOnyxStar +0 points · almost 6 years ago Original Poster

Hi, I'm new to sleep apnea. I have mild-moderate sleep apnea (14.1 stops/hr and oxgyen desaturations of 89%). I've been doing an experiment with my mom's adjustable bed. I have it raised just a little when I'm sleeping and am able to wake up by 7am with no problems of wanting to go back to sleep afterwards.

When I go back to my bed, which is flat, it's like pulling teeth to get myself up in the morning and I look dead. It seems to be helping but I'm not sure if the doctor I see next week will push a CPAP. I really don't want one. They look super uncomfortable and bulky and just no.... I'm hoping this will be an option but I don't know.

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sleeptech +0 points · almost 6 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

For some people, sleeping with you upper body elevated can be enough for effective treatment. The only way to know if it's working, though, is to be recorded sleeping that way. If it works for you then great!

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wiredgeorge +0 points · almost 6 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

40 years ago, I am convinced my father-in-law had sleep apnea (although I am not sure anyone knew sleep apnea was a thing then). He had to sleep upright in a chair else he would wake with a gasp and this happened a lot when he tried to lie down in bed.

I sleep with my upper torso elevated a bit. When I first started therapy, I had to sleep on my back due the mask type leaking if I tried to sleep on my side. When I slept on my back and wasn't elevated, I would end up with screaming back pain. Elevated and no problem. Not sure if it still applies but I still sleep elevated and can't explain why this keeps (or kept) my back from getting sore.

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