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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sleep position: Sleep position = placement of head, neck & remainder of body during sleep.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
None.: There is no sleeping position that makes you taller.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience in General Practice
Yes: ? can sleep position worsen sciatica. Long nerve tracts are normally stretched by certain anatomical positions. If nerve abnormally impinged anywhere ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Comfortable : Any position you comfortable.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Hazlett
53 years experience in Psychiatry
Possibly: Look at my health guide under sleep walking. There are several questions and answers about sleep walking. To answer your question directly, sleep depr ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Absolutely: Sleep apnea is more common in the supine position ( on your back). It is usually more common and more severe in deep REM sleep. Both of these facts ar ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
It can: Sleeping in certain positions, namely stomach can increase likelihood of swallowing air because the esophagus (tube leading to stomach) remains opened ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
29 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: In around 30% and up to 50% of the time sleep apnea and snoring improves when the person is not on his/her back. Therefore, sleeping on the side may ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Not great: Results vary. In appropriately selected patients the surgery can be very successful, 70-80%. Also it depends on what surgery is being talked about m ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Long answer!: Best way to sleep can be very personalized. In general i would say make sure you are correct/near ideal body weight, avoid sedative hypnotics prior t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Sigari
19 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Good Question!: No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
16 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Not really: Sleep terrors are a very interesting phenomenon usually seen in little children that arouse suddenly from sleep and scream. They are hard to console, ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherer
36 years experience in Anesthesiology
Side: Left side down.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Not known: The exact cause of sids is not known; however, there are risks now known. One of these is body position in bed. The idea behind back sleeping is tha ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience in Psychiatry
Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
34 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Sleep paralysis: This is a normal part of sleep and in fact must be present during rem sleep or there will be a medical condition known as rem sleep behavior disorder. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Stopping breathing: Sleep apnea happens when a person is asleep. Apnea is not breathing (no effort is made to take a breath), or the inabilitiy to breath due to an obstru ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience in Family Medicine
Not breathing: Apnea is breath-holding, or not breathing. Some people have periods of time they don't breath while they are asleep. Sometimes it is related to body ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Move: Get up, move around. Stretch. Get some aerobic exercise. If more bothersome, you could try over the counter medication (but follow instructions on the ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
? diet: I know this may sound strange but I have treated many cases of sleep apnea with a mixture of thiamine (vitamin b1), magnesium and a well rounded multi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience in Pediatrics
Myoclonus vs RLS: Restless leg syndrome is a real entity, but if just a few twitches probably not serious.
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
32 years experience in Bariatrics
No: No see a pulmonary md.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Yes: This means that your rem sleep is compromised because that is when sleep paralysis occurs. Sleep apnea is a compromise of brainstem. Both are most lik ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Some problem: By definition if you are sleeping enough hours 7-8 and not feeling refreshed or tired there is a problem. It could very possibly be a sleep disorder b ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience in Psychiatry
Baby: Babies sleep so many hours that the night alone would not be enough. Plus, they require frequent feeding, so they wake up often. And on top, they are ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
16 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Not necessarily: Although snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, sleep apnea can sometimes be silent. Howver, the snoring of people with sleep apnea is lou ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Moran
18 years experience in Pain Management
Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehul Desai
18 years experience in Pain Management
Sleep issue: It is possible that this is simply an issue of the position you sleep in; it is common for people to sleep in the fetal position without being aware o ... Read More

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