How Different Sleeping Positions Affect Us and Our Health
An abundanceof sleep or lack thereof has been linked to many health problems. These include obesity, dementia, diabetes and more. Sleeping can be difficult if you don’t have the right sleeping position. Our sleeping positions affect how much we snore at night, how soon we get wrinkles and if we sustain heartburn longer. These are some of the sleeping positions and how they affect us.
Sleeping on Our Sides
This might be one of the most common positions that people report sleeping in (they probably go to sleep and wake up in this position and report that: no one can tell which position they actually sleep in, because they are asleep). There are different variations to it: some people prefer curling up into the fetal position and some prefer lying straight on one side.
Sleeping on your left side can even be helpful in providing comfort to heartburn and acid reflux. So if you suffer from this, it may be helpful for dosing off. Pregnant women are advised by doctors to sleep on their left side as they get the blood pumping to the heart and improve circulation by doing so. Besides, sleeping on the back puts unnecessary pressure on the lower back of expecting mothers.
It’s not all good though, sleeping on your side can lead to numbness and pain in your arm, as it is supporting your bodyweight and puts pressure on it. The lungs and stomach also face increased pressure. Tucking your hand under your arm won’t help either, it restricts the nerves and affects your muscles. Alternating between the right and left sides can be a helpful remedy to this.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
When you sleep on your belly, it helps to prevent snoring and sleep apnea. There’s not much else that stomach sleeping brings. That’s probably the reason why it’s widely regarded as the worst position that you can sleep in. The lumbar curve (naturally curved shape of the spine) becomes flatter, leading to back pain amongst other problems.
Pillows can help wane you off this position, training you to switch to your one of your sides when sleeping. If you get a sharp pain in your lower back suddenly when you’re sleeping on your stomach, try to shove a pillow under your hips and lower abdomen to lift your spine upwards. Sleeping on Our Backs
If you know yoga, you probably know the savasana pose. It’s where you lay on your back and outstretch your arms until your armpits don’t feel like their being pressed. This pose is great for the neck and spine when you sleep. It even allows your mattress to be most effective at supporting your spine. You even get fewer wrinkles on your face as you aren’t pressing up against the pillow or mattress
Sleep apnea is most common in this position, unfortunately, making it the Achilles’ Heel of this position. Sticking to this position causes your tongue to be pulled back and restrict breathing which causes snoring and disturbs those around you.
What we Learned
This shows us that a mixture of sleeping on the side and on the back is most effective. We naturally roll and turn during the night so don’t take it as a bad thing, let it happen. It’s your body’s way of getting better circulation.
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