The best sleeping positions for OSA
Some people lie on their back. Others prefer to sleep on their side. Or maybe on their stomach. For reasons of comfort and effectiveness, one of these three sleeping positions is better than the others for those suffering from sleep apnea…
Let’s get right to the point! Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are usually worse when lying on your back. It can provoke snoring even in non-OSA sufferers.
Avoiding sleeping on your back can improve OSA. Some people snore or have sleep apnea only when sleeping on their back. They can eliminate or reduce airway blockages simply by learning to sleep on their side.(1)
So choose your side! If you are pregnant, sleep on your side - ideally your left side to increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and the baby.(2) Think of your sleeping position before choosing your CPAP equipment and installing it in your bedroom. Try it on and check it does not stop you falling asleep and having a good night’s sleep on the side you choose. Of course, some sleep apnea patients will have problems falling asleep after changing their sleeping position. During this period of transition, they may become a little sleep deprived… just until they get used to it and take full and huge advantage of their CPAP treatment.
(1) OSA Treatment Options, American Sleep Apnea Association, http://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/treatment-options.html consulté le 27/07/2015.
(2) Sleeping Positions during Pregnancy, American Pregnancy Association, http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/sleeping-positions-during-pregnancy/ consulté le 27/07/2015.