Best Sleeping Position Myth: Mass Media Disinformation
Press Release; 22 September 2010
Media Contact: Artour Rakhimov, PhD
Phone Number: 1-(323)-843-2826
Address: 6250 Bathurst St. #525, Toronto M2R 2A4 Ontario Canada
E-mail: "artour", then "@", and then "normalbreathing.com"
Summary. World's leading healthcare websites and articles suggest that
sleeping on one's back is the best sleep position for health, while medical
research have found that supine sleep is worst and one of the key factors
that contributes to millions of deaths every year.
What are the best sleeping positions? Several World Wide Web searchers using
Google, Yahoo, and Bing produced the following results. Up to 90% of popular
websites and articles written by medical professionals that belong to
largest world’s healthcare providers suggest that sleeping on one’s back (or
supine sleep) is the optimum or ideal posture for sleep without quoting any
specific medical references (zero evidence).
What are the scientific findings? Over 20 published medical research studies
were devoted to studying the effects of sleeping positions on health and
symptoms in different groups of people. It was found that sleeping on one’s
back was the WORST sleeping posture for: - asthma; - asthma and allergies; - nocturnal asthma; - bruxism and clenching episodes; - chronic respiratory
insufficiency; - sleep apnea; - coughing attacks; - health of pregnant women; -
back pain in pregnancy; - sleep paralysis and terrifying hallucinations; -
irregular or periodic breathing; - pulmonary tuberculosis; - snoring,
- health of geriatric inpatients; - hypopnea and apneas; - heart failure
with sleep apnea; and - stroke in elderly patients.
There are no medical publications that found any advantages of supine sleep
for adults with any health concern or chronic disorder.
Authors of four published research articles found the lowest measured blood
oxygenation for sleeping on one’s back in comparison with any other sleep
posture. Meanwhile, low body oxygenation is the critical factor that worsens
any chronic disorder and undermines general health and wellbeing.
Furthermore, it is a known scientific fact that severely sick people have
highest mortality rates and most pronounced symptoms during sleep or the
early morning hours (from about 4 to 7 am). This is true, according to
published medical studies, for coronary spasms, sudden cardiac arrest,
cerebral ischemia and stroke, diabetes, COPD, inflammatory disorders,
epilepsy seizures, asthma and morning sickness.
Hence, sleep is a deadly poison for the severely sick; and early morning
hours are the times of lowest oxygenation and worst health for up to 80% of
healthy people too. For medical references and quotes related to these
effects, search the web or visit
this page: Sleep heavy breathing effect .
Regardless of the name of the disease and state of the patient, deep
breathing (or hyperventilation) causes critically low cell oxygenation due
to CO2 deficiency and that can ultimately lead to heart, brain, respiratory or multiple
organ failure. (Note that over 95% of modern man believe in deep breathing
myth, while there are no any medical studies that found any benefits of deep
What are the sleep-related causes of deep unconscious breathing during sleep?
Physiologically, there are 2 drastic lifestyle changes that directly relate
to breathing during sleep: mouth breathing and supine sleep (when sleeping
on one’s back our breathing muscles are not restricted and this intensifies
ventilation). These are some of the main immediate causes of millions of
deaths every year in the chronically ill people.
Hence, modern internet healthcare “advice” (“sleep on your back!”)
contributes to millions of deaths every year, while medical hospitals and
healthcare providers continue to ignore the impact of these lifestyle risk
factors (oral breathing and supine sleep) that have simple practical
solutions: search the web for PDF manuals “How to prevent sleeping on one’s
back” and “How to stop mouth breathing”
Best sleeping positions must be selected based on easier and slower
breathing (i.e., closer to normal or ideal breathing) and greatest body
oxygenation results. Statistical analysis has revealed that sitting position
is the ideal sleeping option followed by prone (lying with the chest down)
and left side sleep. A special stress-free breath holding time test (done
after usual exhalation) is the way to choose best personal sleeping
positions for those people who are not certain about applicability of these
Dr. Artour Rakhimov is a writer and Buteyko practitioner in Toronto.
Related web pages:
* Manual (Instructional Guide)
"How to prevent sleeping on one's back"
* Web page: Best sleep position
(with medical research references)
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