What are the pitfalls of sleeping on my back?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The Soldier: This sleeper spends the night on his back.

The problem-Sleeping in the supine position can cause the tongue to fall inwards to block the breathing tube. Back sleepers are prone to snoring and sleeping supine is not good for people with sleep apnea, a life-threatening sleep disorder that causes brief episodes of breathlessness.


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