Are You Sleeping Right ?

It’s hard to toss and turn when you have a CPAP machine attached to your face, so you want to try and find a nice comfy position before you drift off to dream land. “But Medquarters,” you ask, “what’s the best position to sleep in when you have sleep apnea?” That’s an excellent question random reader of this blog. Today we’re going to go over the best sleep position for people who suffer from sleep apnea.
Not The Best

Before we discuss the best sleep position, let’s go over the worse sleep position for people with sleep apnea, on your back. A good example of this is the soldier where you lay flat on your back with your arms by your sides, like a soldier. ATENHUT! It’s true that sleeping on your back is one of the healthiest ways to sleep and allows your back, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position, but not if you have sleep apnea because gravity can cause the jaw, tongue and soft palate to drop back toward the throat, narrowing the airway.

Reverse It? With that knowledge, you would think that if you flipping over and sleep lying on your stomach would fix the gravity problem. Well, yeah, sleeping on your stomach does mean that gravity is now pulling your jaw, tongue, and soft palate away from the throat and eases snoring, but it also means that your face is being smothered by your pillow. You have to strain your neck just to breathe, so sleeping on your stomach is not the best sleeping position either.

Try These Sleep Positions

The best way you can sleep with sleep apnea is on your side, this could be the log, which is when you lie on your side with your arms by your side (which is the least popular sleep position and sounds like a really good way to stop the blood flow to one of your arms), or the yearner, which is like the log except your arms are stretched out in front of you. When you sleep on your side your airway is open and more stable.

But the most popular sleep position is the fetal position. The fetal position is when you’re on your side with your torso hunched and your knees bent towards your chest like a safe little ball. A loose fetal position is good for snorers, but if you’re curled up to tight it can restrict breathing in your diaphragm. This sleeping position is the go to sleeping position for 41% of adults.

Give It A Try!

We know it’s hard to change your sleep position, no matter how detrimental it is to your health, but this blog is not here to tell you how to sleep, it’s here to inform you the best way to sleep for your health. Who knows, you can try switching up your sleep position and you find it’s much more comfortable than your old one.

These are just the basic sleep positions, but they have a lot of sub-positions. What’s your sleep position? Are you a soldier, laying straight and stiff as a board? Are you a starfish with all your limbs spread out taking up most of the bed? Are you a fetal position sleeper (there’s a 41% chance that you are)? I, personally, sleep in this weird combination where the bottom half of my body is in the fetal position and my upper half is twisted so I’m lying face down. Let us know your favorite sleep position.

Sweet Dreams!


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