Listen Up! Your Sleeping Position Can Spoil Your Health

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Throughout your life, you may never take out few minutes to find out which position you usually sleep in. Yup? Actually Nope! When you suddenly get up at 3 in the night only to find yourself tossing or feeling pain in the neck, you run all your horses to think if it is related to your sleeping pattern?

Sounds totally unbelievable but your sleeping position directly affects your liver, your nightmares, your mood and more. According to experts, we change our position many times in an hour while moving through many sleep stages. Dr. Chris Seton, the sleep specialist, says that during deep non-REM sleep, human brain arouses every six to eight minutes. You may not know but these episodes are associated with some sort of movement, be it kicking out a leg or rolling over.

With sleeping positions and their effect on health in mind, this post lets you find the ‘ins n outs’ of them all. Besides giving you a picture about the goods and bads, there are minor tweaks to make some very good differences.

SOLDIER POSITION

Sleeping on back with hands at sides is counted as the best sleeping posture. In the diverse world of Yoga, this position is known as Savasana pose.

Why?

bullet_iconRests the neck, spine and arms
bullet_iconReduces acid reflux
bullet_iconReduces possibilities of a headache
bullet_iconImproves overall posture
bullet_iconCures insomnia
bullet_iconMaintains perky breasts
bullet_iconPrevents wrinkles

Why Not?

bullet_icon May aggravate snoring in patients of sleep apnea
bullet_iconMay affect fetus
bullet_icon Causes lower back pain

How To Fix?

bullet_iconSleep on the back without pillow, as it will not only keep the body in neutral position but may also reduce snoring
bullet_iconKeep a large pillow under the back of knees to support natural curve of lower back

 

STARFISH POSITION

A variation of the back-sleeper position, this is the position in which an individual lies on the back with arms up on both sides of the head.

Why?

    bullet_iconRests the spine and neck
    bullet_iconPrevents wrinkles and skin breakouts
    bullet_iconReduces possibilities of a headache
    bullet_iconCures insomnia
    bullet_iconReduces acid reflux

Why Not?

    bullet_iconMay aggravate snoring in patients of sleep apnea
    bullet_iconArms in an awkward position may put pressure on shoulder nerves and lead to pain
    bullet_iconMay cause lower back pain

How To Fix?

Spine, neck and head could be allowed to rest by avoiding use of pillow while sleeping

LOG POSITION

In this position, the concerned person lies on their side with arms downward in a straight line. As per recommendations, sleeping on the left side provides rest to the vital organs.

Why?

    bullet_iconKnown as ideal posture, as it supports the spine and provides support to it
    bullet_iconReduces snoring and sleep apnea
    bullet_iconReduces neck and back pain
    bullet_iconBest position for pregnant women

Why Not?

    bullet_iconMay develop back or hip pain
    bullet_iconMay cause neck pain
    bullet_iconMay cause wrinkles, aging and sagging breasts

How To Fix?

    bullet_iconUsing big pillow provides support to the neck
    bullet_iconTop leg can be supported by placing a pillow between thighs

 

YEARNER POSITION

This is the position in which the person sleeps on the right side with arms outstretched, legs slightly bent and head slightly off-center. To offer rest to the vital organs, one must lie on the left side.

Why?

bullet_icon Prevents pain in neck and back
bullet_iconEases heartburn
bullet_iconReduces acid reflux
bullet_iconReduces sleep apnea and snoring
bullet_iconClears trash from the brain and keeps away from developing conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
bullet_iconReduces chances of waking in the middle of the night

Why Not?

    bullet_iconInhibits blood flow and creates pressure on the nerves; thereby increasing chances of shoulder and arms pain
    bullet_iconMay cause aging
    bullet_iconMay cause saggy breasts
    bullet_iconMay put strain on liver, stomach and lungs<

How To Fix?

FETAL POSITION

Here, one lies on their side with knees drawn towards chest and chin is tilted down. As per studies, approximately 41% women are used to sleep in this posture. Sleeping on left side is good to rest the vital organs.

Why?

    bullet_iconReduces snoring
    bullet_iconGood for pregnant women
    bullet_iconReduces acid reflux

Why Not?

    bullet_iconMay put strain on the neck and back, which may lead to pain
    bullet_iconMay cause wrinkles
    bullet_iconMay lead to saggy breasts

How To Fix?

    bullet_iconUse a firm pillow to support your head
    bullet_iconIt is recommended that people sleeping in this position alternate sides during the night. 

FREEFALL POSITION 

In the language of experts, lying flat on stomach when sleeping is not a good position.

Why?

    bullet_iconReduces snoring in some people

Why Not?

    bullet_iconMay cause strain on the spine and pain in the neck and lower spine
    bullet_iconCauses unnatural stress on internal organs
    bullet_iconAs blood circulation cuts off from the face, possibilities of wrinkles increase

How To Fix?

Put a pillow between the stomach and the mattress to sleep in a little sideways position

And That’s All

 

So fellas, these are the most popular sleeping positions along with their share of pros & cons. Figure out your favorite sleep position among these and follow the advice given to stay away from the possible health issues.

 

“Wishing you good night with no toll on your health.”

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