What experts say about these 3 sleep positions
According to experts, these 3 sleep positions can seriously influence your health. Find out below which one is better for your health: side, back or stomach sleeping.
Whenever you go at the gym or at the yoga studio, the aspect you pay the closest attention to is the way you pose in order to avoid injury and to benefit the most from that specific exercise. However, when it comes to jumping in bed at night after one very long and exhausting day, it appears that the position you sleep in is not as important to you anymore. The only thing you want at that moment is to fall asleep ASAP, as you are extremely tired. Well, you should know that your sleeping position can influence your overall health, or this is what experts claim. Here’s how.
Left-side sleeping – great for your health
According to experts, left-side sleeping is by far the most health beneficial sleeping position one can opt for. Organs are placed asymmetrically inside our bodies, which is why the pose during sleep has a major role in determining how our internal systems direct and process waste. It appears that gravity has a lot to do with this aspect, in the sense that it actually takes waste up through the ascending colon, into the transverse colon and down to the descending colon.
And that’s why the first thing you need to do when you wake up in the morning is to go to the bathroom.
A study conducted in 2017 showed that people spend about half of their time in bed in either a fetal or side position. So, tonight, when you go to bed, try falling asleep on your left side.
Back sleeping relieves pain
Specialists say that back sleeping helps you keep your spine aligned, takes pressure off your shoulders and jaw, which automatically reduces tension headaches that usually results from those areas.
Back sleeping may also help in relieving hip and knee pain, arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia or sinus buildup. It’s true that changing the sleep position is harder than you may think because your body has grown accustomed to a specific sleep ritual for many years. However, using a pillow in a different way than you were used to can help you make the change.
Sleeping on the belly – not that good for your health
When it comes to slumber poses, the stomach sleeping one is the big “no”, according to specialists, as it can provide you back pain. The great part of your body weight is around the center area. It pushes into the sleep surface more than necessary, thus putting too much pressure on the spine and causing neck and back pain.
For a healthy sleep, make sure you have a comfy bed, a good pillow and you choose either the side- or the back-sleeping position.