Sleeping on your back allows gravity to pull on the soft tissues at the back of your throat and neck. This causes the airway to narrow or collapse completely. Sleeping on your side or stomach might improve your breathing. This change in behavior is called “sleep-position training.”
When you take a sleep study you will be monitored on your body position and how you breathe in each position. This will give you the knowledge of the position you can train your body to sleep in to decrease the symptoms of your sleep apnea.