Change Your Sleep Position
The Johns Hopkins Medicine website provides valuable sleep suggestions to help with OSA.
Back and neck pain: When it comes to alleviating pain, sleeping on your back is up for debate. For people who suffer from neck pain, sleeping face up can sometimes increase the pain level. However, many people find sleeping on their back is helpful for alleviating low-back pain. If you have pain and tightness in and around your spine, experiment with different positions and pillows to find what works for you.
Snoring and sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea causes the airways to collapse during sleep, leading to pauses in breathing, which goes hand in hand with snoring. Positioning yourself on your side or stomach can help the airways stay open to reduce snoring and alleviate mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Reflux and heartburn: If you suffer from heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues, sleeping on your right side can worsen symptoms. That’s true for people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for people who have heartburn for other reasons, such as pregnancy. Flipping from side to side throughout the night may alleviate your discomfort.