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Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

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 improve the sleep quality if the person has positional sleep apnea. Pain associated with certain conditions may get better or worse with certain positions. Pain affects the quality of sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What position should I sleep in at night?

What position should I sleep in at night?

Comfortable: People with neck and back pain or shoulder pain often need to sleep on their backs. People who snore often sleep on their sides. Pregnant women in the second or third trimester should sleep on their left side to keep the uterus from compressing the inferior vena cava. ...Read more

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I can only sleep peacefully in one position, why is that?

I can only sleep peacefully in one position, why is that?

Alighnment: The relationship between our heads, necks, and spines may dictate what position is most comfortable for you when you sleep. Just because the position is peaceful does not mean it is a healthy position. ...Read more

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What is the perfect position for me to sleep to ensure that i grow?

None I know of: As long as you get 9 hours of productive, restful sleep/24hrs, you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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What position is best while sleeping?

What position is best while sleeping?

In general w the: Absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back is considered optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints ; muscles. ...Read more

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I seem to have severe post nasel drips hitch is stopping me sleeping I can't be in any position other than upright without coughing badly. advice?

I seem to have severe post nasel drips hitch is stopping me sleeping I can't be in any position other than upright without coughing badly. advice?

NOSE SPRAY: OTC triamcinolone nasal spray (Nasacort) 2 squirts each nostril at bedtime. Before this, sniff water up your nose a few times, best in shower, so you can suck up or blow out most of the mucous. Before bed, get on hands & knees, cough up as much mucous as you can, then take a slug of guaifenesin (Robitussin, etc.). ...Read more

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Which is now the top position to sleep in a bed?

Which is now the top position to sleep in a bed?

What feels good to: You? Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours & makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints & muscles. Sleeping on your back can aid the head & spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. ...Read more

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What's the best position to sleep for a good nights sleep?

What's the best position to sleep for a good nights sleep?

Get tested: Snoring and sleep apnea is often related to our sleeping position. Sleeping on the back is the most common position for snoring and apnea but a relatively simple test can properly diagnose you or at least screen you for a more definitive and costly test (polysomnogram) medibyte makes a simle but sophisticated electronic device that accurately screens for snoring and apnea and can be done at home. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best position to sleep and why?

Could you tell me what's the best position to sleep and why?

Whatever: Is most comfortable for you. That being said, people with sleep apnea/snoring tend to have worse severity when on their back. There is no one best-sleep-position. Some people prefer their back, some their side, and some their stomach (prone). ...Read more