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Does sleeping on my side help if I have sleep apnea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some people experience obstructive sleep apnea more frequently while sleeping on their back. Sleeping on your side may ease symptoms, especially if you have mild sleep apnea. To encourage side-sleeping, use pillows or try dropping a tennis ball in a sock and pinning it to the back of your pajama top.

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