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Sleeping on your left side is better than the right...
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Sleeping on your left side is better than the right...
I came across this and found it interesting.... the "sleep side" is the first one in the list:

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#2
RE: Sleeping on your left side is better than the right...
I knew about the reflux theory and sleeping on my left side decades ago... and always try to sleep on that side as much as possible.

But with age has come back, kneck and shoulder problems.. so now I toss and turn for much of the night.

Among other things, I'm on reflux medication, but have managed to keep the dosage to a minimal level with side sleeping.
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RE: Sleeping on your left side is better than the right...
In my last two home sleep studies, I have found that I have a lot less interruptions if I sleep on my left side vs my right.
The reflux theory seems valid to me but there are always exceptions. Sometimes I do prefer to sleep on my right vs my left for no better reason than to give my left shoulder/arm a rest. I always try to avoid the back though!
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I sleep on the right side of the bed and sleep on my right side so SWMBO doesn't get hit with the exhaust from my mask.
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Yes that is very valid and wise exception!   Dielaughing
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That's good to know. I have been doing that for 12 years or more because of sleeping on the left side of the bed and wanting to direct snoring away from my wife pre CPAP and now the exhaust and leakage. So I stumbled onto something good.

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Often when sleeping on left side I get that awful silent reflux - at least that's what the doc calls it.  Heavens, does it burn.

When it's a bit cold I pull the blankets right over my head, nice having my own airhose!  Doesn't bother OH & my nose stays warm & stops my upper jaw & teeth aching with the cold.  Heated hose helps too but covering my head is best.
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There is another theory that sleeping on the left side puts more weight on the heart, given the heart is on the left of the chest. Horses for courses
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(01-13-2018, 11:33 PM)mrsmagoo Wrote: There is another theory that sleeping on the left side puts more weight on the heart, given the heart is on the left of the chest.  Horses for courses

The heart is closer to centre than left, additional weight on it would be negligible.
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RE: Sleeping on your left side is better than the right...
I had read that it's better on the heart for us to sleep on our left.

But then I recently read here on ApneaBoard that it can help prevent aerophagia if we sleep on our right side.

So maybe it's best if I just toss and turn.
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