I don't think I can sleep on my back with obstructing all over the place, even with CPAP/APAP/ASV. If I chance to land in that position for a significant portion of the night, I'm guaranteed to have a very high AHI and feel like crap the next day. And I'll probably wake up dreaming I'm suffocating. Fortunately, it rarely happens. It's too bad, because I'd like to be able to sleep on my back. I have to sleep on my side, preferably my right side, and I've yet to find the perfect pillow.
I love my cpap pillow. It's a Buckwheat Husk CPAP pillow.
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If I sleep on my back for too long, I don’t feel as well the next day.
I have a buckwheat hull pillow and I really like it; I can shape it into position and it works well for me.
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I have a buckwheat hull pillow too. The other side of it is the millet hull. I've grown to like the buckwheat side better. Both maintain their shape the entire night, unlike my feather pillow. So when I lay on my side and shape it to the mask, it stays that way.
If you choose to sleep on your back, and feel best sleeping that way, there are things you can do. You can raise the head of the bed in some way. The entire head (however boards feel right to you screwed together then lids screwed on where the bed's feet will sit), the mattress (boards again, but just under the mattress), or just you and your pillow (wedge pillows or multiple pillows). I use a body pillow, turn it so it forms a U, with the curve against the headboard. I then put a pillow into that U so it goes up the legs (like an I inside the U). Then I use another pillow and turn it sideways. The U supports my shoulders. The I supports my back. And the 3rd one supports my head and neck.
I also suggest a folded over body pillow under your knees.
Evaluate your AHI after a week or so. If you are feeling rested and the numbers are fine, then so are you.
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