06-13-2012, 03:31 PM
(This post was last modified: 06-13-2012, 03:33 PM by Hypnagog.)
I've tried positional therapy using a side sleeping belt. It worked well, but left me feeling restricted… oddly strapping myself into a positional device felt more more of a chore than CPAP (Swift FX). It reduced my mild-to-moderate OSA to normal levels (AHI less than 5) but after a while I found I ached in the morning and removed it for the last hour of sleep (not great considering my OSA is REM related and REM occurs more in the morning). I missed sleeping on my back.
I also found that 5-HTP reduced my AHI to just below the 5 threshold which was great but the majority of my snoring was still there (albeit a bit quieter). I suspect this wouldn't be as effective for those with a higher AHI than mine (Supine AHI was 13 - not massive but still not good)
I lost a stone in weight but that didn't help at all.
I've tried several off-the-shelf mandibular advancement devices and one made by my dentist. Some were comfortable and did reduce my AHI (but not my snoring), although my jaw did ache for a couple of hours in the morning. The one that the dentist made needed to be advanced so much to have any effect that it became a pain to wear and hurt after a couple of hours. Saliva build-up was also a problem with a couple of them.
CPAP is the most effective thing I've found at reducing my AHI and pretty much eliminating my snoring.
I've blogged about each method, but I'm not sure if blog links are allowed here, so I'll hold off posting until someone says it's okay.