I've had the first sleep study that diagnosed severe sleep apnea (I'm getting a copy of report - it's in the mail??). But, when I went in for the study the technician asked me if I was a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper. I've been a side sleeper for all of my adult life, probably before that even but I don't remember that far back. Anyway, the tech said "They like you to sleep on your back for the study." So, being the obedient thing that I am, I went to sleep on my back - now, I also have lower back problems so for the following two days my back hurt, but that's not really my question.
After the study was sent to my primary care doc, I scheduled a follow-up with her and she said that, in her opinion, sleeping on my side would not reduce the apnea from severe to negligable so the severe apnea diagnosis stands. So, my question to y'all is, has anybody out there had a sleep study where you've slept on your side, and do you think it made a difference in your diagnosis? I guess the follow-up is that I see very little on the internet about masks that are used for side sleepers.
Don't get me wrong - I trust my primary care doc, and if she says it wouldn't make a lot of difference then I believe that. I am just interested in the experience of others. Thanks!
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