Best-Sleeping-Position-For-Asthma

For some, falling and staying asleep is hard. This is more so for those with asthma, who find it hard to breathe. How can you improve your sleep then? Read on to figure out the best sleeping position for your asthma.

For context, here are a few things related to the worsening of asthma symptoms during sleep:

  1. hormonal activity
  2. the shrinking of our airways during sleep
  3. the accumulation of mucus in the airways
  4. and most importantly, our sleeping positions.

So what is the best sleeping position for asthma? Should you sleep on your back, your side, or your stomach? Research encourages you to sleep on your side.

  • This position supports your respiratory tract, making breathing easier.
  • Your tongue is less likely to move down your throat and hinder breathing. This happens when you sleep on your back. Some may prefer sleeping on their stomach to avoid this problem, but there are drawbacks – it can cause neck and back strain, and your pillows could block your airways and disturb your sleep. 

Do note that sleeping on either side offers different things to look out for. Laying on your left side can help digestion. It’s also better for those who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn or acid reflux. However, laying on your right side is less stressful for the heart as compared to laying on your left.

References:

  1. Bass, Pat. (n.d.). What Is Chest Congestion in Asthma? VeryWellHealth. https://www.verywellhealth.com/chest-congestion-relief-in-asthma-201102#:~:text=Asthmatic%20Chest%20Congestion%20Symptoms&text=Your%20breathing%20might%20be%20loud,Fatigue
  2. Peters, Brandon. (n.d.). The Best and Worst Sleep Positions for Health Conditions. VeryWellHealth. https://www.verywellhealth.com/best-and-worst-sleep-positions-for-health-conditions-4158271
  3. WebMD. Nocturnal Asthma (Nighttime Asthma). https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/nocturnal-asthma-nighttime-asthma