How do I keep my airway open without a CPAP machine?

To manage sleep apnea without a CPAP machine, lifestyle changes and alternative treatments are needed. Some methods:

Weight loss: Obstructive sleep apnea often results from obesity. Losing weight through diet and exercise reduces tissue that might block the airway during sleep, reducing symptoms.

Resting on your side instead of your back helps reduce airway collapse. Try pillows or positioning devices to induce side sleeping.

Elevating the bedhead reduces airway blockage. This can be done with a wedge cushion or bed frame adjustment.

Avoid alcohol and sedatives: They relax throat muscles, increasing airway collapse risk. Avoiding them before bedtime helps open the airway.

By adjusting the jaw or tongue, dentists can fit specific oral appliances to maintain the airway open during sleep.

Nasal decongestants or strips may increase airflow if nasal congestion blocks the airway.

Lifestyle changes: Regular exercise, quitting smoking, and controlling stress can improve sleep quality and lessen sleep apnea symptoms.

How do I keep my airway open without a CPAP machine?