So I was looking at my original sleep study and what it said about postural episodes.
I always knew I didn't sleep on back much so I guess I didn't pay much attention to anything but that number.
Well my numbers posturally were
Position time spent in position and AHI in each.
Supine (back) 7.7 percent 6.6
prone (front) 40.0 percent 24.3
Left 0.6 89.4
right 39.6 35.6
Now I know that this is only so helpful because of the short numbers of time on left and back. And dependent perhaps on time of sleep ie in rem not in rem etc.
But this and my experience says, I've got nearly the opposite postural indications of the avg apnea patient.
I am nearly unable to sleep on back, certainly not to fall asleep on it, though I'd be glad to try harder.
I know weight loss is indicated for many and yet I know in hindsight, I had apnea at my best adult weight, 12 years ago. (40 lbs less than now...thank YOU menopause and back injury..sigh)
I think based on this, and my knowledge of my own anatomy, I think that a significant contributing factor is..how to delicately put it, um...lady type endowments? (I am a manse HEN after all)
The problem here is, that I don't lose or gain weight quickly in the "endowments" and so while a enormous weight loss might make an apnea difference, I'm glad I didn't hold out for "oh I'll 'just' lose weight" as an answer. Treat first, lose later!
I actually sat here thinking, "would I consider a reduction mamoplasty" for apnea sake? (if I knew it would fix me forever, maybe but even then, major surgury etc, but note to self, If I had to have lady surgery for breast cancer, I'd give it a definite consideration)
Any women out there have this issue, had surgery etc? Anyone know of any studies?
Anyone know of a way to make oneself not sleep on side, only front and back? Pretty sure that's not a possibility...what...sharp tacks on each side and a flip over vs roll over move?
The issue with the "chest" isn't the weight of the endowments pressing on lungs, it's that their fluidity when arms crossed or on side, makes for clevage that climbs toward the neck (The lady pap-ers will likely get this concept)
I've wondered in past would sleeping in a bustenhalter would help, but I think not because it doesn't control that tightly.
In the old days, when a woman had to stop nursing, they used to do this awful footbinding like procedure to help with pain and milk drying up, wherein they'd strap firmly the chest. Perhaps I need to be a mammary mummy?
Ps...I just did a cursory check and binding is not an option for many health reasons.
Anyone who has genteel, polite, suggestions...glad to hear them.
The Manse Hen, apparently mostly white meat.