side sleepers

Effect of Sleeping Posture on Intraocular Pressure

Submitted by dave on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 1:55pm

A research study presented as a "poster" at ARVO 2010 indicated that the position of one's head (and body) during sleep can have an effect on intraocular pressure. For example, your eye pressure may be lower if you sleep on your back compared to sleeping on your side. (Furthermore, in my own experience, sleeping on your stomach may be the worst for IOP.)

Not discussed in this particular study was any difference in intraocular pressure between eyes. There is some evidence that if you sleep on your left side, intraocular pressure in the left eye could be higher.

Calling All Side Sleepers

Submitted by walk6981 on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 10:14pm

For those of you who have been life-long side sleepers:  is your glaucoma and hearing (for those of you who suffer from tinnitus or are hard-of-hearing in one ear) worse on the side on which you sleep?

By the same token, for those of you who sleep on your backs; is there a large or small IOP differential between your eyes?

Nothing scientific about this query; just simple curiosity.


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