The Best And Worst Sleep Positions For Your Health

Most people would agree that not getting a good night's sleep makes them feel groggy and irritable the next day. The body regenerates during sleep, so a good sleep helps people feel fresh and healthy and improves the mood. It is recommended that adults get between seven and eight hours sleep every night; the lucky few that get this generally feel healthy and well. However, this is not possible for everyone, with some people finding it difficult to get a good sleep. Interrupted sleep patterns can be attributed to many things, including the type of food and drink that a person consumes, but in many cases, it is due to the way in which a person sleeps.

There are a number of sleep positions, and while some are good for health, others are not. Below are a few of the best and worst sleep positions for your health.

...for a good night's sleep. Experts agree that this position is the most beneficial in terms of orthopaedics, and it is the best position for those who suffer from conditions such as acid reflux as well. However, it is not all good news; those who sleep on their backs tend to snore more and it could be a cause of sleep apnoea.

Side sleeping comes in a close second to back sleeping and is preferable to those who are prone to snoring or who suffer from sleep apnoea. Pregnant women also find that sleeping on their sides is more comfortable. It is thought that most people sleep on their side but the side chosen to sleep on can affect health. Doctors say that sleeping on the right-hand side can make heartburn worse, while sleeping on the left can place a strain on certain organs such as the lungs and liver. Pregnant women are advised to sleep on their left as it improves heart circulation. As with back sleeping, side sleeping is not all good, especially if you favour one particular side. Placing one side of your face and body against a pillow and mattress for up to eight hours a night can cause wrinkles and/or sagging breasts.

the reason for this is that it leads to an overarching of the spine. Muscles and joints are placed under pressure in this sleeping position, which can cause tingling, pain and numbness. Sleeping on the stomach forces rotation of the neck, which is also detrimental to health as it compromises circulation and breathing. The one benefit of stomach sleeping is the fact that it reduces snoring. However, keeping the head to one side for hours at a time can lead to aches and pains.

the foetal position, which is when people sleep on their side with their knees drawn up to the chest. For some people, this position feels comfortable but the truth is that it can lead to back and neck pain as it prevents the shoulder and neck from aligning.

An extra tip that will help you sleep better, is to make sure you have comfortable and cosy bedding, bed linen and duvets.

In conclusion, if you want to get a good sleep at night, the best position is lying on your back. This is the most beneficial position to health; however, your partner may need to invest in some earplugs for because of the increased risk of snoring!

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