The Best Sleeping Position For Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Side sleeping is the preferred position for helping calm your sleep apnea. Sleeping on your right side reduces snoring and encourages blood flow.Sleeping on your stomach is a much better option for people with sleep apnea. Gravity pulls down on the tongue and soft tissues, which opens up the airway. Also, you are less likely to snore while your stomach sleeping. Sleep apnea is worse when sleeping on your back (supine position) because of the effects of gravity on the body. The tongue falls back and blocks the airway increasing the duration and the number of apneas during sleep. One of the simplest ways to control this besides your body posture during sleep is to maintain your head positions during sleep.
When sleeping on your back, the best position for your head is on either side. Keeping your head turned to a side decreases the chances of your tongue falling back and keeps the airway clear.Snoring, daily headaches, daytime sluggishness, and the inability to concentrate or focus are common symptoms of a sleep disorder. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and 80% of moderate to severe cases are still undiagnosed.2 Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other health complications. The good news is that OSA is manageable. The first step is to confirm your diagnosis.