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Originally posted by sparrowstail
If so when we're on our side it would seem the push effect would actually facilitate with the expansion of our lungs, instead of that weight being over top of our lungs if sleeping on our backs or stomach?
Positional therapy: Apneas tend to be worse when sleeping on the back (the supine position) as gravity makes it more likely for the tongue to fall back over the airway and/or for the airway muscles and other tissue (like the tonsils) to collapse and block the airway. Hence not sleeping on the back may reduce the number of apneas. To avoid the supine position, some people use homemade remedies, such as putting tennis balls in a tube sock and pinning the sock to the back of the nightshirt. Others purchase products such as a tube or cushion designed specifically to prevent supine sleeping. A number of companies have registered with the FDA pillows for snoring and mild sleep apnea; it is meant to position the neck so the airway is more likely to remain open. Positional alarms are also on the market: they are intended to prevent supine sleeping by making a noise when one begins to sleep on the back. However, they may disrupt sleep so much that the subsequent sleep fragmentation causes a concern.
One study found sleeping on the back but with the back elevated from the waist up may also reduce the collapsibility of the airway and therefore reduce the apneas. Foam wedges, not soft pillows that can actually push the chin towards the chest and worsen apnea, should be used.
It has frequently been observed that heart failure patients report discomfort when lying on their side. It has also been shown12 that heart failure patients avoid the left lateral decubitus position during sleep. Although the idea that the heart can affect regional lung distension is nothing new,3 and the differences between erect, prone, and supine positions have been extensively studied in healthy subjects.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
reply to post by sparrowstail
I also naturally prefer to sleep on my right side in the fetal position. Although, I have the most vivid dreams if I sleep on my back. I just have a very difficult time falling asleep on my back. As I get tired, I really do become overwhelmed with the urge to turn to my side.