World's leading healthcare websites and articles suggest that supine sleeping on one's back is best for health of humans, while research publications have found the opposite.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 21, 2010 – 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: - sleep apnea; - back pain in pregnancy; - coughing attacks; - irregular or periodic breathing; - asthma; - health of pregnant women; - sleep paralysis and terrifying hallucinations; - nocturnal asthma; - health of geriatric inpatients; - pulmonary tuberculosis treated by thoracoplasty; - asthma and allergies; - snoring, hypopneas and apneas; - chronic respiratory insufficiency; - heart failure with sleep apnea; - bruxism and clenching episodes; 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.