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Question 24- Is sleeping on our side recommended?

From: Igor

Greetings!

First, I Appologise for my not-so-perfect english. I am not from english speaking area.

My question is concerning sleeping posture. Is it recommendable to try to force on oneself particular sleeping position or is it always best (in terms of its affects on the neurophysiological quality of sleep) to sleep in a position which body assumes spontaneously?

Thank you.
Igor


Answer Provided by Sandman
September 12, 2008

Your English is good. If you are having a breathing problem (snoring - apnea- etc.) while sleeping on your back and not on your side, you should force yourself to sleep on your side. There are pillows that keep you on your side. Some people sew tennis balls on the back of their pj's, some people need a large softball.

One reason we sleep better on our side is because of gravity. When sleeping on our back gravity can pull the tongue and other soft tissue down into the airway.

Sometimes side sleeping is not enough help and you will need treatment for sleep apnea.

If you have no sleep disorders you should sleep in the most comfortable position for you.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,

Sandman

Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.




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