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Best and Worst Sleeping Positions for Your Health

Did you know that your sleeping position may affect your general health? Does it matter if you sleep on your side, stomach or back? 

Read on to find the surprising answer!

Many people wonder whether their sleeping position can contribute to back or neck pain, or even stomach issues. Therefore in this article I will discuss the worst and the best sleeping positions for your body.

Your stomach
This position can be hard on your back and neck and makes it difficult to maintain a natural curve of your spine.

Sleeping on your stomach puts pressure on your joints and muscles which can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling.

If you can’t sleep any other way, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen.
Sleeping Positions 

Also place a pillow under your head if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back, but if it does cause strain, don’t use pillow at all.

Your back
While sleeping on your back is better than sleeping on your stomach (as your back, head, neck and spine maintain a neutral position), it still has its drawbacks.

Sleeping on your back is not recommended if you are prone to snoring and for those with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a life-threatening sleep disorder which I’ve mentioned in my article about the warning signs of sleep apnea. 

Sleeping on your back can also cause your tongue to fall inwards which can block the breathing tube.

At the later stages of pregnancy, it is recommended to avoid lying flat on your back, as in that position the weight of the uterus presses on the spine, back muscles, and major blood vessels, which can decrease blood flow around your body and to your baby.

If you suffer from backache, it is recommended to place a pillow under your knees and try a small, rolled towel under your lower back for extra support and to help maintain the curve in your back. Also don’t forget to support your neck with a pillow.9

Best sleeping position – your sideIn this position, the person sleeps on the side while the back is slightly curled with knees bent and arms folded. 

Many consider this position to be the healthiest, as it helps to keep your airways open and matches the natural curve of the spine. To make this position even better, you can add a pillow between your knees to reduce stress on the hips.

The brain’s cleansing process, called the glymphatic system, clears waste from the brain similar to the way the body’s lymphatic system clears waste from the organs. 

This process is most efficient during sleep. A build up of brain waste can negatively affect brain processes, and if this waste is not properly disposed of, the chances of neurological diseases can increase.

If you tend to suffer from heartburn, then sleeping on your side can also make a difference. Research has found that sleeping on the left side can relieve heartburn symptoms, while right-side sleeping makes them worse. 

The reason for that is not entirely clear, and several theories have been raised about this issue. If you suffer from heartburn and sleeping on your side doesn’t help – try to use this natural ingredient to quickly relieve heartburn.

Sleeping on the left side is also recommended during pregnancy to improve blood circulation and to allow your blood an easier way from the heart to the placenta to nourish the baby.

Sleeping on the left side also keeps the expanding body weight from pushing down too hard on your liver (also pay special attention to other common habits that can damage your liver). While either side is fine during pregnancy, left is the best. - Online Sources 

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