Effect of Sleeping Position on Upper Airway Patency in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Determined by the Pharyngeal Structure Causing Collapse.

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    Marques M1,2, Genta PR2, Sands SA1,3, Azarbazin A1, de Melo C1,4, Taranto-Montemurro L1, White DP1, Wellman A1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: In some patients, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be resolved with improvement in pharyngeal patency by sleeping lateral rather than supine, possibly as gravitational effects on the tongue are relieved. Here we tested the hypothesis that the improvement in […]

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Supine position related obstructive sleep apnea in adults: pathogenesis and treatment.

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Joosten SA1, O’Driscoll DM2, Berger PJ3, Hamilton GS4. Author information Abstract The most striking feature of obstructive respiratory events is that they are at their most severe and frequent in the supine sleeping position: indeed, more than half of all obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients can be classified as supine related OSA. Existing evidence points to supine related […]

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