How different sleep positions affect your wellbeing
Time to rethink how you sleep
Have you ever been kept up by insomnia, tossing and turning, unsure of what position would best aid a good night’s sleep? Yeah, us too. And, you may have brushed up on your sleep hygiene but it’s also about the way you physically sleep, too.
Like, have you found yourself waking up with aches, pains or migraines because of how you slept? Well, that’s because some sleep positions can lead you to having that morning headache so we decided to investigate. Here’s what we found out…
Sleeping on your back
If you can do this, it’s not only good for your back (as your spine is straight and relatively neutral), it’s also good for keeping wrinkles at bay as your face isn’t being squashed on anything. If you’re a back sleeper, try sleeping without a pillow to allow your spine to be even straighter.
Sleeping on your side
‘Sleeping on your side may help improve airflow, so it’s best to sleep on your side rather than on your back if possible,’ says Dr. Josna Adusumilli, MD, neurologist and sleep disorders physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. ‘If you have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, where there are blockages to airflow in the upper airway, sleeping on your side may help improve the quality of your sleep and oxygen levels during sleep.’
Sleeping on your stomach
This is considered one of the worst positions to sleep in as it strains your neck and can cause lower back pain because of the way it flattens the curve of your spine.
Sleep positions during pregnancy
According to BabyCenter, the best way to accommodate those tender breasts and your ever-growing belly is to sleep on your side with your knees bent. And, don’t be afraid to use pillows as props, you can stick one under your belly, behind your back or in-between your legs if you need extra support.
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