Sleeping well is not easy. Poor posture, uncomfortable beds and buzzing sounds can make you sleepless all night, and you want to make a difference. Your sleep status depends on how you spend your day and how you plan to sleep.
Your sleeping position is very important. To learn more about sleeping posture and its various pros and cons, read on. Before that, let us understand the importance of sleep.
WHY IS SLEEPING WELL IMPORTANT?
For a healthy body and mind, you must sleep 6 to 8 hours quietly every day. Good sleep will prepare your brain for the next day and prepare you to learn and remember new information. Adequate sleep gives your body the opportunity to heal and repair the heart and blood vessels, thereby protecting you from heart disease and high blood pressure. Good sleep will rest your body and help it build a healthy immune system. And, generally speaking, your sleep time will determine your mood the next day. It also affects how you think and react. Therefore, a person with good sleep will be more attentive, make better decisions, be more creative and healthy.
Now, let’s find out the different positions we sleep in and which works best for your health.
TYPES OF SLEEPING POSITIONS
SLEEPING ON THE STOMACH
Sometimes, after a whole day of work, all you have to do is lie down and lie down in bed. Okay, it might be comfortable to put your face on the pillow, but in the long run, it won’t do you much good.
Advantages: The only benefit of sleeping on the stomach is that it can reduce beating. Disadvantages: Sleeping on your stomach can cause you to get up in the morning, with pain and discomfort. It will tighten your neck, put your head at an uncomfortable angle, and lower your abdomen. It flattens the natural curve of the spine and causes lower back pain. It is not recommended to sleep on the stomach during pregnancy. Tip: Sleeping on the stomach is considered to be the worst sleeping posture. Experts recommend that you gradually turn to sleep with the help of pillows.
SLEEPING ON THE SIDES
- Right Side
Pros: Sleeping on your right allows your spine to relax in its natural curve.
Cons: If you sleep on your right side, you are constricting your entire cardiovascular system as it lies on the right side of your body. This sleeping position strains the lungs and compresses the rib cage. It hampers blood circulation, making you move during your sleep to balance out the distribution. Avoid this position if you can, and opt to sleep on your left side.
- Left Side
Pros: Sleeping on the left side alleviates acid reflux and heartburn. However, it can put too much pressure on stomach. During pregnancy, it is recommended to sleep on the left side as there is less pression on the inferior vena cava.
Cons: If you curl up too much, it restricts deep breathing.
Tip: To make your side sleeping position better, place pillows between your knees to align your body correctly between your hips and the joints.
SLEEPING WITH THE LEGS UP
While you sleep, your legs have a tendency to move up and down. Quite often, you wake up to see your legs pulled up closer to your chest. It could either be one leg higher up than the other or both pulled upwards.
Pros: Sleeping with both legs up takes the weight off the pelvis area and is helpful for those suffering from backache.
Cons: Sleeping with one leg up causes unevenness in the body and is damaging to the pelvis. It leads to a backache.
Tip: To prevent your feet from cycling while you are asleep, place a medium-sized thick fluffy pillow in between your legs. The pillow will make it difficult for your legs to move up and down.
SLEEPING ON THE BACK
Sleeping on the back is the best way to sleep. In this position, your face is facing straight, and the back of your head is resting on a pillow. The pillow elevates your head slightly, placing your stomach below the food pipe. This sleeping position works best for your health.
Pros: Sleeping on the back distributes body weight evenly on the spine and protects your face from wrinkles that come from digging your face into a pillow. It eliminates any possibility of acid reflux or food coming back up the digestive tract. It is pain-free and comfortable.
Cons: This sleeping position is not good for those who snore. The throat and stomach are pulled down by gravity, which makes breathing difficult.