happy couple, asleep togetherThe Internet is very helpful, or at least it tries to be. For any possible decision you are considering, there are likely dozens of pages, blogs, and articles happy to tell you which one you should choose.

The thing is, the advice isn’t always well considered, and this is true of articles recommending the best sleep position.

False Equivalences

One of the big problems with the Internet is that, for all the information that’s out there, little of it is really original. Most of the time, what you’re reading has likely been stolen from somebody else, who may have stolen it from some other person, too. Of the dozens of articles on the best sleep position, most of them are not only stolen, they’re largely stolen from the same article, a 2011 CNN piece. This piece sounds authoritative. It quotes a chiropractor, a dermatologist, and even the co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine. And it’s from CNN, which has at least a modicum of journalistic cache.

The article weighs different factors such as preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, maintaining “perky breasts,” and minimizing wrinkles as if they are all equivalent concerns–and the most important considerations for picking your sleep position, so it recommends sleeping on your back.

The problem is, this article mentions snoring but is either ignorant of sleep apnea or it deliberately avoids mentioning it because it doesn’t want to tell you that its darling sleep position is the one likely to make your sleep apnea worse. And if you have sleep apnea, this one consideration likely outweighs all the other concerns.

And when other people take on this subject, essentially copying the CNN piece, they may mention sleep apnea, but still repeat the conclusions of the original article.

Your Best Sleep Position

The key to finding the best sleep position is using the one that gives you the best rest. If you snore or have sleep apnea, chances are that sleeping on your back is probably the position that makes you most likely to feel like you haven’t gotten any rest over night. That’s a  good sign that you’re at serious risk because of your sleep apnea, which can increase risk of heart disease, depression and other mood disorders, and serious accidents at work or on the road.

The best way to determine an optimal sleep position for you is to talk to your doctor or a sleep dentist about the issue.

To contact a sleep dentist in Denver, please call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado.