Snoring could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, a serious medical condition that requires diagnostic testing either at home or in a sleep lab. If you have been tested and you do not have obstructive sleep apnea or you have mild positional sleep apnea, a repositioner might be just what you need. Here's how you can make your own repositioner sleep shirt.
What you need
• an old shirt you don’t mind sleeping in that will be comfortable for sleeping
• three socks
• six safety pins
• three tennis balls
• Iron and firm surfacing for ironing the shirt
1 Place a tennis ball inside each sock.
2 Attach a safety pin to each side of the top of the sock. Put these aside.
3 Hold the shirt up so that you are looking at the back of the shirt
4 Find the center of the collar and the center of the bottom on the shirt and fold in half
5 Make a crease down the back of the shirt by ironing the folded edge of the back of the shirt. This is the guide line for where you will place the socks starting at the top of the shirt near the collar and ending a short distance from the bottom of the shirt.
6 Place the shirt on a firm surface with the outside of back of the shirt facing up
7 Place socks evenly along the line you pressed into the back of the shirt.
8 Use 2 safety pins to attach both corners of each sock onto the back of the shirt.
How to use the stop the snore sleep shirt
Put the shirt same as you would pajama top. The tennis balls can be on the outside or inside the shirt, your preference. Go to bed and sleep as usual but on your side.
How it works
The stop the snore sleep shirt works by keeping you from sleeping on your back. If you roll onto your back, the tennis balls create just enough discomfort to cause you to move off your back and into a different sleeping position. The tennis balls should not cause so much discomfort that you fully wake up.
It is better to sew the socks onto the shirt because safety pins can accidently open and cause sticking injury. This shirt should not be used with children or adults with intellectual disabilities. Before using this shirt consult your primary care health provider.