Mechanical manipulation can offer some relief for people suffering from sleep apnea. Manipulation may improve the function of the muscles in your chest wall, and thus, help you breathe more easily and boost the oxygenation of your blood during sleep. In addition, manipulation can lower pain and restlessness and improve the reflexes of your spinal cord that control blood flow.
Acupuncture also has been shown to complement other kinds of therapy in treating people with sleep disorders, such as apnea. If you have anatomical problems like airway obstructions, acupuncture can sometimes be used to open the airway.