5 doctors weighed in:
Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Yes
Yes. Most commonly on back where the effects of gravity cause the tongue to fall back and potentially block the airway.
You sleep doc will help sort out this parameter.

In brief: Yes
Yes. Most commonly on back where the effects of gravity cause the tongue to fall back and potentially block the airway.
You sleep doc will help sort out this parameter.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Sleep apnea
Hello. Yes, you could have positional sleep apnea that may only need measures to assure avoiding sleep in certain positions.
Review these options with your sleep specialist

In brief: Sleep apnea
Hello. Yes, you could have positional sleep apnea that may only need measures to assure avoiding sleep in certain positions.
Review these options with your sleep specialist
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Dr. Mike Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Yes
Most of the time if you have sleep apnea it shows in all position but in the case of mild sleep apnea some times in certain position like sleeping on your back you may see more symptoms of apnea such as snoring.

In brief: Yes
Most of the time if you have sleep apnea it shows in all position but in the case of mild sleep apnea some times in certain position like sleeping on your back you may see more symptoms of apnea such as snoring.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Dr. Mike Deldar
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Yes
Some people have apnea only when they sleep on their backs.
Sleeping on your side can help and this has led to the recommendation of sewing a tennis ball into a pocket made in the lower back of a tee shirt. This can be used to train the wearer not to sleep on their back.

In brief: Yes
Some people have apnea only when they sleep on their backs.
Sleeping on your side can help and this has led to the recommendation of sewing a tennis ball into a pocket made in the lower back of a tee shirt. This can be used to train the wearer not to sleep on their back.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 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 are related to what happens to the tongue in both states. While on your back... The tongue is more likely to close the airway. In rem sleep most muscles in your body are relaxed. The tongue is a large muscle that relaxes and closes the airway.

In brief: 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 are related to what happens to the tongue in both states. While on your back... The tongue is more likely to close the airway. In rem sleep most muscles in your body are relaxed. The tongue is a large muscle that relaxes and closes the airway.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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