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correct tongue posture in sleep
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correct tongue posture in sleep
Hi,

Recently I came across some videos on youtube about the correct tongue posture during the day and during sleep. It should be on the upper palate.

I never did that, I always had my tongue relaxed in my mouth and it was dropping down. But I thought that was the relaxed position. Now I found out this was wrong.

But with such a relaxed tongue it can easily collapse into your airway. So now I am keeping it up all day and night. After 2 days in training it stayed there, also during sleep.

I asked 2 cpap wearers where they keep their tongue and they also did it like me, dropping down. No wonder they need cpap.

I was wondering what the other apnea patients are doing with their tongues.
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#2
RE: correct tongue posture in sleep
I taught myself like you did so I could wear a Nasal mask. There was no way I was going to survive therapy in a full face mask.
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RE: correct tongue posture in sleep
(06-25-2022, 05:33 AM)Nightynite Wrote: I taught myself like you did so I could wear a Nasal mask. There was no way I was going to survive therapy in a full face mask.

Did it make a difference for your apnea? So i am trying to figure out if it would be a solution for apnea. So you dont need to wear a mask.
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RE: correct tongue posture in sleep
I started practicing this technique early in my treatment.  It doesn't stop apneas, but is used mostly to stop air from flowing out of your mouth should your jaw/mouth fall open while sleeping.  

There are some advantages should you master this technique, like using a nasal or nasal pillow mask instead of full face, and the best one is you can actually talk during treatment.  Smile

Some folk can master this quickly.

Tongue Suck Technique:
Place your tongue to the roof of your mouth with tip of tongue behind front teeth.  (NOT PUSHING ON TEETH).
Gently suck upwards and back.
This places the tongue in a natural position, with the back of tongue at the back of the throat so that if your mouth/jaw drops open while sleeping, no air will escape.

Silvia, just to clarify: This technique doesn't cure apnea.
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RE: correct tongue posture in sleep
Silvia, I was diagnosed with 10 events per hour. Now I’m always under 2. And that isn’t because of the nasal mask, it’s because I’m on cpap in general.
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RE: correct tongue posture in sleep
(06-25-2022, 06:19 AM)Silvia10 Wrote: Did it make a difference for your apnea? So i am trying to figure out if it would be a solution for apnea. So you dont need to wear a mask.

It is not a preventative for apnea. It's a technique to prevent mouth-leaking while wearing a nasal mask. Without a CPAP machine, it will have no effect on the collapse of your airway.
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When I started CPAP therapy over a year ago, I was a mouthbreather and started with a full face mask. My tongue was relaxed all over the place in the mouth towards the bottom. Over time I trained the tongue to press against the roof of the mouth. It seals the mouth so that air does not escape through the mouth during CPAP use. Transitioned into a nasal mask.
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