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Is it dangerous to sleep sitting up?

Ask the doctors Q. After I had cataract surgery and facial surgery, I loved sleeping in my recliner for days on end. Does sleeping while sitting up put my brain and vital organs at risk since the blood supply has to travel uphill? A. Sleeping sitting up in a recliner shouldn’t be harmful. It could, in some cases, raise your risk of deep-vein thrombosis, a blood clot in a limb…

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