You know that getting enough good quality sleep is vitally important to your health, but did you know that HOW you sleep can be just as important? It turns out the position we sleep in can play a critical role in how healthy we are.
Here’s what you need to know…
Sleeping on your back is best!
Most experts agree that the best sleep position is lying on your back, unless you snore or suffer from sleep apnea.
When you sleep on your back your spine stays in correct alignment and your neck remains properly supported throughout the night. As a result back sleepers tend to have less back and neck pain. And lying on your back distributes your weight evenly, reducing any pressure points on your internal organs.
Also, when you lie on your back with your head on a pillow your esophagus is naturally raised above your stomach, which means it can help relieve acid reflux. And experts say it can help prevent premature wrinkles and may even help prevent breast sagging.
When sleeping in your back opt for a thinner pillow to help maintain the natural curve of your back. But if you find you just can’t fall asleep on your back, or if sleep apnea or snoring is an issue for you, sleeping on your side is your best bet.
Side sleeping is a strong second
Sleeping stretched out on your side is the next best thing to back sleeping. Since your neck and spine are relatively straight in this position too, side sleeping can ease neck and back pain for some folks. And if you snore or suffer from sleep apnea sleeping on your side can help ease or even eliminate either condition.
Sleeping on your left side can help with digestion and if you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux lying on your left side can help relieve your symptoms. Sleeping on either the right or left side can create pressure points in certain internal organs, so if you don’t have any digestion issues switching back and forth between the left and right every few nights can help balance things out.
If you’re a side sleeper look for a slightly thicker pillow to help you keep your neck aligned. You may find a down pillow you can adjust to customize your support, or a special side sleepers pillow, helpful. Also try placing a second pillow between your knees to help keep your spine aligned and prevent knee pain.
Leave fetal position to the infants
Unless you’re a baby, sleeping in the fetal position is simply a bad idea.
You see, when you draw your knees up to your chest and tuck your chin in it causes a severe, rounded arch in your back and neck. And that can lead to some serious aches and pain the next day. Even worse, it could trigger ongoing back and neck pain for some folks.
Tummy sleeping is terrible
While laying on your tummy may feel great while you’re falling asleep, stomach sleeping is actually terrible for your health.
When you lie on your stomach your back and spine are out of alignment and hyperextended. Your neck gets twisted into an unnatural angle. There’s pressure on your joints that leads to pain and stiffness. And stomach sleeping even interferes with blood flow and pinches off air passages.
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for good health, but don’t forget, the position you choose to spend those sleeping hours in is equally as critical so be sure to choose yours wisely.
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