Commentary| Volume 2, ISSUE 2, P90-93, June 2016

Breathe well, sleep well: avoid the supine and adopt the lateral posture

Published:March 21, 2016DOI:
      Many health professionals and advisors have been wondering for years which is the best and healthiest sleep position. Surprisingly, there is no simple answer to such fundamental question. First of all, we begin our sleep in a certain body position and usually shift to other postures as sleep evolves, either spontaneously or intentionally, to shift our sleeping body to a comfortable position. Adults tend to change their sleep positions quite frequently (from 11-13 changes per night
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      ). Moreover, there are significant differences between individuals in addition to the night-to-night personal variability. Factors such as the definition of the movement, that is, minor, subtle, or gross movements, and the impact of age, health, and comfort contribute to the complexity of the issue of best and healthiest sleep posture.
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