Behavior changes can be very helpful for some patients. These include:
- Weight loss for those who are overweight or obese
- Sleeping on your side or stomach instead of on your back. Patients and their bed partners may know how helpful this can be before they seek any treatment. A sleep study will often evaluate whether sleep apnea improves dramatically or resolves when you avoid sleeping on your back.
- Avoiding alcohol, especially within three to four hours of going to sleep. Alcohol will worsen snoring or sleep apnea, and it also worsens the quality of sleep. In general, these effects are less of a problem if someone has enough time to allow the alcohol to clear out of their body before going to sleep.