When I'm on my side, I have to use the second pillow between my knees. Otherwise it's too uncomfortable... especially for a guy.
When I'm on my stomach, I wedge the second pillow under my right side which props me up a bit. I also rest my jaw on the second pillow which keeps my face propped up and allows the CPAP mask to sit straight and not leak. It only works if the hose is routed up over the headboard so that it doesn't pull down on the nasal pillows.
Maybe I'm taking 'side sleeping' too literally? Is it supposed to be completely on your side, or at some angle like Paula suggested?
Ideally I want to sleep in a position that doesn't require a second pillow. Besides being annoying to deal with when I have to turn around, it also adds more bulk which annoys my wife. She says that I tend to press the second pillow up against her at night. Back sleeping would be great but I'm afraid to try it again since a lot of folks on here preach against it and go to great lengths to stay off their backs. I don't know... nothing from the manufacturer or the sleep clinic said to stay off my back (I don't have a DME, so who knows what they would have told me).
If sleeping on your back does not overly increase the OSA events, then go for it!
Yes, all those pillows can be intrusive.
Apnea Board Moderator
Breathe deeply and count to zen.
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
Paptillian, there is almost no difference between 0.7 and 1.0 and there is hardly any difference between a pressure of 8 and 9.5, I would sleep in the position you and your wife are comfortable in and get a good night's sleep and be fresh the next day.