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Sleeping positions

Sleeping Preferences: – 39% prefer the log position – 28% prefer sleeping on their side with legs bent – 50% of British couples prefer sleeping […]

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Sleeping Preferences:
– 39% prefer the log position
– 28% prefer sleeping on their side with legs bent
– 50% of British couples prefer sleeping back-to-back
– 27% prefer not touching while sleeping
– 20% prefer spooning with the man on the outside

Health Issues:
Sleep position in babies:
– Placing a baby on its back reduces the risk of SIDS
– Sleeping on the front increases SIDS risk
– Studies suggest over 10,000 infant deaths in the UK could have been prevented
– 50,000 infant deaths in Europe, the USA, and Australasia could have been prevented

Sleep position and snoring:
– Sleeping on the side recommended for those at risk of sleep apnea
– 30° or higher elevation of the upper body can help with snoring
– Side sleeping may alleviate snoring
– Snoring is not always an indicator of sleep apnea

Sleep position and heart disease:
– Right lateral decubitus position may benefit the heart
– Cardiac vagal activity highest in the right lateral decubitus position
– Study assessed autonomic effect of three sleep positions
– Positions included supine, left lateral decubitus, and right lateral decubitus

Sleep position and gastroesophageal reflux:
– Right lateral sleeping position leads to more reflux than left lateral or prone positions

Sleep position and sleep paralysis:
– Supine sleeping linked to increased occurrence of sleep paralysis

Sleeping positions (Wikipedia)

The sleeping position is the body configuration assumed by a person during or prior to sleeping. It has been shown to have health implications, particularly for babies.

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