Is Sleeping in a Recliner Unhealthy?


People who can’t sleep in a conventional bed have turned to recliners as a solution. The fact that doctors sometimes suggest recliners to patients and do not report health concerns indicates that it not unhealthy.

Sleeping in a recliner.
Sleeping in a recliner. (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Post-Operative Patients

Heart bypass patients have reported that they have been unable to sleep on their sides for many weeks after their operation. Sleeping on a recliner has allowed them to get restful sleep.

Post-Operative Patients
Post-Operative Patients (Image: monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images)

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disruption in the breath during sleep resulting in oxygen deprivation. Some people suffering from sleep apnea report positive outcomes when sleeping in a recliner, which they attribute to sleeping in an upright position.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


It’s quite common for pregnant women to find sleeping in bed uncomfortable--especially as they approach their due date. Moving to a recliner has allowed many women to sleep much easier.

Pregnancy (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Back Pain and Sciatica

Those suffering from osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis were advised by a doctor that sleeping on a recliner might enable them to sleep. The reason given was the ability of the recliner to elevate the head and knees.

Back Pain and Sciatica
Back Pain and Sciatica (Image: Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)


People with various health conditions have found success at getting restful sleep on recliners. There were no reports from them that sleeping on a recliner had an adverse effect on their health.

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