Sleep is such an underrated and a taken for granted activity. Why? Well because the simple activity of sleeping can be linked to a myriad of health problems. If you sleep too little, it is considered bad for you. If you sleep too much, the same thing applies as well. You have to do the Goldilocks thing and sleep just the right amount of time however. And the health problems associated with sleeping are not minor either: heart disease, obesity, diabetes and dementia just to name a few of them.
And aside from the number of hours you need to sleep, another consideration is your sleeping position. Did you know that your position while you sleep can play a significant role in the following health related aspects: heartburn, snoring or sleep apnea, and even the production of wrinkles?
In this article, I will identify three common sleeping positions and the pros and cons of each one of them. Read on and find out which is the highly recommended and optimal sleeping position for you.
Sleeping on your back. This position has been identified by most doctors to be the best position for sleeping. If you are a yoga enthusiast, you would be sleeping in a savasana pose. This position does good for your back, particularly for the neck and the spine, especially since the purpose of most mattresses is to support the spine anyways. If you are reading this article because of that wrinkle thing, the cosmetic effect of back sleeping is fewer facial wrinkles. There are still disadvantages to this position, however, especially when we talk of sleep apnea & snoring. Sleep doctors recommend that if you have these conditions, that you sleep on your side instead of on your back so as not to obstruct the airway, which is the culprit of snoring. Back sleepers also do not mean that they are good sleepers because studies have shown that poor sleepers are on their backs more than good sleepers.
Sleeping on the side. It does not matter if you sleep on your side straight or you curl yourself up into a fetal position, this is reportedly the most common sleeping position. It has certain advantages to it too. For example, obstetricians highly recommend that pregnant women sleep on their side, particularly the left, during pregnancy because apparently, it improves their heart circulation that keeps both the baby and the mother healthy.
On the other hand, side sleeping is not only good for those who are expecting but also for those who have stomach acid problems as well, such as acid reflux, hyperacidity or heartburn. However, as expected, this position comes with its own list of disadvantages, namely the following: sleeping on your left can increase pressure on some internal organ like the lungs or the heart and may cause some numbness to some muscles and nerves as well.
Sleeping on your stomach. This is a highly recommended sleeping position for those with snoring issues & sleep apnea but this is known to be the worst in terms of sleeping positions. It strains the neck and twinges the lower back but if this position is preferred, use of several pillows will help, especially putting them underneath your stomach.
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