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#387722 - 02/29/12 02:07 AM .
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Edited by Life's A Dream (01/12/13 11:26 PM)

#387756 - 02/29/12 09:57 AM Re: Unable to fall asleep on my back [Re: Life's A Dream]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3815
Loc: somewhere in Africa
Yeah - i can be totally relaxed but not sleeping for a long time on my back, but to fall asleep i usually have to turn over on my side and curl inward or at least partially face down. I've thought about that - probly protecting the privates area - making it less accessible.

There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. - Hamlet, Act 5, sc 2

#387765 - 02/29/12 12:25 PM Re: Unable to fall asleep on my back [Re: traveler]
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Registered: 11/26/11
Posts: 115
Loc: Hamilton, ON Canada
I've always slept on my front. The only times I ever manage to fall asleep on my back is if I've got a cold and I can't breathe while I'm sleeping on my front. Eventually I'll get tired enough and fall asleep on my back, but other than that one special scenario, I never sleep on my back.

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#387771 - 02/29/12 01:28 PM Re: Unable to fall asleep on my back [Re: Life's A Dream]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Life's A Dream
This is a weird question but, does anyone else here find it impossible to fall asleep on your back (or any other particular position) despite the fact that it's not necessarily uncomfortable? In the past decade I've been able to fall asleep on my back maybe 3 or 4 times. I also seem to want to protect my throat or have nothing touching it.

Could it be that you have some deep fears of not being "safe" while on your back?


#387783 - 02/29/12 02:08 PM Re: Unable to fall asleep on my back [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 10/25/10
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The nature of this forum may favor a focused context not necessarily relevant to the underlying issue. Remember to step back and consider the cause could be physiological. Rule out medical issues with a physician first (based on your symptoms he may well refer you to an ENT or suggest a sleep study).


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