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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 670381, 7 pages
Review Article

Influence of Body Position on Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review

Cortland ENT and Sleep Lab, Cortland, NY 13045, USA

Received 5 June 2013; Accepted 19 August 2013

Academic Editors: K. Ishikawa and C. Suárez

Copyright © 2013 Akshay Menon and Manoj Kumar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. The aim of this review is to determine the relationship between sleeping body posture and severity of obstructive sleep apnea. This relationship has been investigated in the past. However, the conclusions derived from some of these studies are conflicting with each other. This paper intends to summarize the reported relationships between sleep posture and various sleep indices in patients diagnosed with sleep apnea. Methods and Materials. A systematic review of the published English literature during a 25-year period from 1983 to 2008 was performed. Results. Published data concerning the sleep apnea severity and posture in adults are limited. Supine sleep posture is consistently associated with more severe obstructive sleep apnea indices in adults. However, relationship between sleep apnea severity indices and prone posture is inconsistent.