So I've always been a belly sleeper, was always just most comfortable for me since I would have trouble getting comfy and trouble breathing on my back.
Anyway I was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea (64 events an hour... Woof) and started treatment which has already begun to vastly improve my quality of life after less than a week using the machine.
However I have to sleep on my side or preferably my back to maintain a good seal on the mask, and since I've
A: always slept on my back
B: am very heavy
And C: have petty bad posture
I have found it not only uncomfortable to sleep a full night in this position but it has been flattening out the slight hump in my upper spine (between my shoulder blades and up to the base of my neck) and this has me in excruciating pain in the mornings and having to pop a few ibuprofen or acetaminophen that I would rather not take and limiting my mobility for the first part of the day (well more than usual for how big I've gotten waiting for the cpap machine nearly bedridden from the apnea effects)
I was wondering if anyone had any tips for making the transition to back sleeping much easier? Should I get fresher pillows? How many and what kind? Should I try boxing in my head so I don't turn it to the side? How do I keep my arms from losing circulation and going numb?