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What is the Safe sleep position for me because I weigh 184lbs ?

Hello I am 24 year old female that weighs 184lbs 5 0. Is it dangerous to sleep on your left side? I suffer greatly, I ache all over and I cant seem to breathe comfortably on my back...I do suffer from anxiety attacks...so I am highly depressed not being able to sleep soundly because of the tension i feel in my body which way to sleep is best for someone of my body type? Mainly a posution where it doesnt put strain on the heart or lungs. Sometimes its terrifying for me to sleep because I can feel my heart pulse by my neck the front area. I am afraid of putting strain on that area if I move my neck too much...should I be worried? I ask this simply because my body became sensitive since I went through the attacks and often feel in dread I appreciate the advice greatly. I just want to sleep at ease.
Tue, 10 May 2011
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Hi,Cynthia,thanks for query.As you know you are obese.This is the reason that you are having problem in sleeping comfortably.First of all start a mission to loose weight.Go for routine medical examination to look for thyroid problem and other things responsible for your weight.You can sleep any position that you are comfortable.No position will cause any problem.When you will loose your weight things will be fine.For panic attacks please take guidance from your doctor.bye.
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