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Which sleeping position is the best for me if I have sleep apnea?

Sleeping on your side will help in preventing obstruction of your airway. Although maintaining one position throughout the night can be difficult, most patients report improved sleep and less nighttime awakenings than when sleeping on their back.
Scott M. Leibowitz, MD
Sleep Medicine
You should avoid laying on your back if you suffer from sleep apnea. Watch this video for more tips from Dr. Scott Leibowitz about which position you should sleep in if you have sleep apnea.



If you suffer from sleep apnea, the position in which you sleep matters. Doctors often recommend sleeping on your side or stomach, or elevating your head. These positions can reduce snoring and help your airway stay clear, and are preferable to sleeping flat on your back.

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