What’s your favorite sleeping position? Every one of us has a favorite sleeping posture that gives comfort and ability to fall into sleep faster. But can it actually affect your health? And can you teach yourself a new and better sleeping posture?
The answer to both questions is: yes.
How you sleep affects your body including your back, neck, breathing pattern, blood flow and even skin wrinkles and breast sagginess in addition to your overall sleep quality, restfulness and your mood the next day.
And with the fact that we spend almost one third of our lives a sleep; you’re advised to recognize pros and cons of each sleeping position, and how can you modify yours, if you couldn’t manage to change it even after trying.
Also, know how sleeping affects your muscles growth, and get some tips to improve your sleeping quality.
Most common sleeping positions:
- Sleeping position type: Back sleeping position
- Description: Sleeping on the back and arms to the sides (the most recommended position)
- Good for: Back and nick’s health and comfort
- Bad for: Persons suffering from snoring (cause tongue falls further back into the throat), sleep apnea and acid reflux
- Modification tip: If it’s your favorite position, place a pillow under your knees to maintain normal lower back curve. An additional thin pillow or towel under the lower back is also good.
- Sleeping position type: Side sleeping position
- Description: Sleeping on your left or right side, with arms at sides or out in front
- Good for: Reducing back and nick pain, sleep apnea and snoring
- Bad for: Skin wrinkles and breast sagging (due to gravity)
- Modification tip: Draw your legs slightly toward your chest and place a pillow between your legs, this is especially recommended for pregnant women, as well as sleeping on their left to improve blood flow to the fetus
- Sleeping position type: Stomach sleeping position
- Description: Sleeping while face and stomach down (not recommended)
- Good for: Digestion and easing snoring
- Bad for: Nick and pain, wrong supine curve
- Modification tip: If it’s your favorite or you use it to reduce snoring; then place a pillow under your pelvis and lower abs, you may also discard the head billow to prevent back strains.
- Sleeping position type: Fetal sleeping position
- Description: Sleeping while back curled into a ball with knees toward the chest and chin tilted (not recommended)
- Good for: Less snoring, and pregnant sleeping
- Bad for: Skin wrinkles and breast sagging (due to gravity), neck and back pain (spine is too curved)
- Modification tip: Try to change this sleeping habit, but to avoid and abstain yourself from too much curling, position a long pillow to your truck near the stomach, chest and thighs
- Sleeping position type: Starfish sleeping position
- Description: Sleeping on the back while arms rested upward nest to the head
- Good for: Preventing facial skin wrinkles, breast sagging
- Bad for: Persons suffering from snoring and acid reflux
- Modification tip: Add a thin pillow under the lower back to prevent excessive spine curvature, also support your head and shoulders to avoid acid reflux
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