Best sleeping positions for your health•
Posted on November 24 2020
Are you looking for the best sleeping position? One way or the other, you may have tried them all already? Did you know that certain positions make it easier to fall asleep? Everyone seems to have an opinion on the question (and a preferred position): you have to sleep on your left side, on your back… or even sleep without a pillow, but who is right?
So, we set out to find the best position for a better sleep!
Sleeping on your back
When sleeping on your back, your body is fairly well supported. Your weight is well distributed on the mattress allowing your spine and muscles to relax. Also, the chances of moving into strange positions at night is also much smaller. The only downside is that you will snore faster or might develop sleep apnoea. If you lie on your back, your tongue drops backward and partially closes the windpipe resulting in a concert of snoring.
Our tip: to reduce the tension in the lower back, you can put a pillow under your knees.
While it is generally assumed that sleeping on your back is the healthiest position, it is even better to alternate between your back and your side regularly. This not only relieves pressure on certain parts of the body and organs, but also improves blood circulation.
Sleeping on your side
The side position turns out to be the most popular and also the most natural position. Your vertebrae, provided you have a suitable mattress and box spring, forms a beautiful horizontal line. In addition, the risk of snoring or sleep apnoea is lower when you sleep on your side.
However, it is best to avoid the foetal position it can cause your spine to strain. Our tip: if you are having difficulty keeping your legs together or is the pressure on your knees too great, take a cushion and place it in between your legs. It will free your knees from unnecessary pressure and allow you to sleep better.
By sleeping on the left, you limit the internal pressure on your organs and nerves. It is better for blood circulation, thus reducing the risk of swelling in the feet and ankles. Sleeping on your right side puts pressure on the liver and prevents it from functioning optimally.
Sleep on your stomach
Although sleeping on your stomach seems good and comfortable, it is the most stressful and unhealthy sleeping position. Sleeping on your stomach flattens your lumbar curvature, preventing your spine from forming a nice S-curve. The lower back is under pressure all the time and stiff necks appear when you wake up. An unnatural position, of tense sleep, which guarantees you pain.
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