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Why you should sleep face-down when you are sick

Scientists now suggest that you might want to reevaluate your sleeping posture if you believe you have the infection.

If you have the illness, sleeping face down can help with breathing, according to Zhangda Hospital research.

How you should sleep if you think you have coronavirus

Professor Haibo Qiu, who led the study, said: “This study is the first description of the behaviour of the lungs in patients with severe illness requiring mechanical ventilation and receiving positive pressure.

“It indicates that some patients do not respond well to high positive pressure and respond better to prone positioning in bed (facing downward).”

While the study only assessed 12 patients, the researchers hope the findings will encourage people showing symptoms to re-think their body positioning in bed.

Professor Chun Pan, co-author of the study, added: “It is only a small number of patients, but our study shows that many patients did not re-open their lungs under high positive pressure and may be exposed to more harm than benefit in trying to increase the pressure.

“By contrast, the lung improves when the patient is in the prone position.

“Considering this can be done, it is important for the management of patients with severe COVID-19 requiring mechanical ventilation.”

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