The Best (and Worst) Positions for Sleeping

The Best (and Worst) Positions for Sleeping

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You spend one third of your life sleeping. This time is critical to your overall health. This is because your body does most of its healing and repairing while you are sleeping. Your choice of sleeping positions can drastically affect how easily you fall asleep and how good you feel when you wake up. The following article will discuss the pros and cons of various sleeping positions.

 

 

 

Sleeping on your side

 

Pros:

A popular position for many people is to curl up in the fetal position and sleep on their side. However, some people prefer to sleep on their side with their legs extended. This is the most popular sleeping postion. When women are pregnant, doctors recommend that they sleep on their left side. This is because blood circulation to the heart is increased. This has benefits to the baby and the mom. People who are not pregnant can get relief from acid reflux and heartburn by sleeping on their left side.

 

Cons:

It should also be noted that sleeping on the left side can apply pressure to the lungs, stomach and liver. By switching sides, it can prevent strain on these organs. It is common for people to sleep on their side with one arm under their head. However, this position may have a negative affect on the nerves and muscles. Resting the head on one arm will apply pressure to the nerves and prevent the flow of blood. This will cause the annoying pins and needles feeling in your arm. Also, shoulder and neck muscles can be constricted in this position. This is because much of the weight of your body is being supported by your shoulder. Attention ladies: sleeping on your side year after year will make your chest look so wrinkled like the Nil delta.

 

Sleeping on your back

 

Pros:

It is the opinion of many doctors that sleeping on your back is best for your health. One of the reasons is that the back is kept straight and not bent in odd positions. Neck and spine health are benefited from sleeping in this position. Sleeping on the back also allows the mattress to support the spine, which it is designed to do. If you enjoy sleeping on your back, be careful not to use too many pillows. Using multiple pillows can make it hard to breathe. Sleeping on the back can help to prevent wrinkles on the face. Wrinkles often form when a person has their face against a pillow when they sleep.

 

Cons:

People who sleep on their back are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea and snoring. There is such a close link between sleep apnea and back sleeping that doctors will often tell patients to sleep on their side. When a person sleeps on their back, the tongue will block the airway, making breathing more difficult.

 

Sleeping on your stomach

 

Pros:

The only thing good that can come from sleeping on your stomach is that it can ease certain cases of sleep apnea and snoring.

 

Cons:

Sleeping on the stomach is generally considered to be the worst position to sleep in. Lower back pain can be caused because the spine's natural curve is flattened. This can result in pain in the lower back. The neck can become strained because the person's head is turned to one side all night. If a person prefers this position, a pillow can be placed under the abdomen to better support the spine.

 

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Editor, 20.02.2014

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