What is the best position to sleep in?

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The best position to sleep in largely varies based on individual health conditions and comfort, but avoiding sleeping on your back is generally advised, especially if you snore. Sleeping on your back increases the risk of airway collapse and sleep apnea, where you stop breathing during sleep. Instead, sleeping on your side may be more beneficial to keep airways open and reduce snoring 1.

Sleeping on your stomach is also not recommended because it can lead to excessive extension of the lumbar spine, and you may need to turn your head to the side to breathe, which can be uncomfortable and potentially harmful 2.

Interestingly, some research suggests that sleeping on your side may also enhance the brain’s ability to cleanse itself of toxins during deep sleep, although this evidence is preliminary and based on animal studies 3.

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Matthew emphasizes the importance of avoiding sleeping on your back to reduce snoring and potential breathing interruptions. He recommends using the Snore Lab app to monitor snoring patterns for better sleep health.

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Ultimately, finding a position that is comfortable for you should also be a priority to ensure a good night's sleep, but if you have specific issues like snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your side might be the best approach 3 4.

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