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danucalovj wrote at 2007-11-07 04:45:33
I completely disagree with Karen. The position we sleep in has much to do with with nightmares. You might be witnessing a case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Read up on it. This disorder can cause your body to consume less oxygen, hence the feeling of the inability to breath, which can affect your subconscious during sleep.



I suffered from that, and changed my sleeping position habits, so far so good, no more early wake up calls at 4:00 AM.



Jonathan Danucalov




Emilie wrote at 2008-06-08 13:08:02
I've had this problem as well and have found many others suffering from supine sleeping nightmares. One explanation I found was that sleeping on your back can induce a slower heart rate and breathing rate which triggers a panic response from your brain. I'm still on the search for a more scientific answer myself, but you're definitely not alone!


Susan wrote at 2008-11-12 22:08:10
Definnitely not alone - I have always had this problem, although thankfully now it is almost always bad dreams rather than proper nightmares but they wake me up and if that happens I am invariably lying on my back. I have read elsewhere it is to do with breathing being more restricted if your head is tilted by pillows or your tongue has relaxed back more than it does on your side but whatever it is, it is certainly affected by sleeping position!


Anna wrote at 2011-04-05 01:01:40
It is inaccurate to say sleep position does not have anything to do with nightmares, and that it is narcolepsy. Sleep paralysis is what you are describing, and sleep studies have shown a higher incidence of sleep paralysis/nightmares when subjects are sleeping on their backs. It is not a form of narcolepsy but is related to stress, exhaustion, and therefore can be triggered by various a disorder of the various normal sleep processes.  


pbpayroll7 wrote at 2013-03-05 17:03:54
I have always had this problem.  Not only that, but sleeping on my back seems to trigger severe depression.  


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