ADVICE: How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Health

Getting enough sleep is important, because how you sleep impacts on your health.


So how do you sleep?

On your back

Sleeping on your back with your arms at your side is generally considered to be the best sleeping position for spine and neck health as long as you don’t use too many pillows. Buct sleeping on your back could make you to snore more than in any other position.

Experts say sleeping on your back may also help to prevent facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach can improve digestion but can put strain on the neck because you need to turn your face sideways in order to breathe. Sleeping face down can also cause back pain, as the curve of the spine is not supported.

Fetal position

Sleeping  like a fetus can have you sleeping like a baby if you typically have problems with snoring or if you’re pregnant. This position curled up with knees drawn up and  chin tilted down might be comfortable but is bad for the back and can restrict deep breathing.


When you’re sleeping on your side with both arms down, the spine is best supported in its natural curve. This can definitely help reduce back and neck pain while also reducing sleep apnea. But this can contribute to acial wrinkles and sagging breasts.

Any side sleeping can cause shoulder and arm pain due to restricted blood flow and pressure on the nerves, which may be worsened by having your arms out in front.

On your right side

If you’re a side-sleeper, which side you sleep on also makes a difference. Sleeping on the right side can worsen heartburn while sleeping on the left side can put strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach. For pregnant sleepers, doctors advise sleeping on the left side, since this can improve circulation to the fetus. You can get a better night’s rest with less pain in the morning by supplementing your body with a pillow.

Source: Vanguard


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