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The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions

Madison Troxler July 29, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]W[/su_dropcap]e are all particular about how we sleep; some prefer a super soft mattress while others prefer a rock hard one. Some may prefer a thin blanket, while others prefer nothing at all. But, what can be more important to the quality of sleep is the position you sleep in. What position do you naturally go into once you go to bed? Right side? Left? Flat on your stomach? Some of these positions are scientifically better for sleep than others.

Back (supine)

Sleeping on your back is the most beneficial sleeping position. According to Dr. Michael Breus, sleeping on your back without turning your neck distributes weight evenly on the spine. Moreover, Breus says that having your head facing up and slightly raised on a pillow can prevent acid reflux.  However, sleeping on your back may not be the best position for snorers.

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Left Side

Sleeping on your left side relieves pressure from the cardiovascular system, allowing for better blood flow and sounder sleep.

Right Side

Sleeping on your right side has the opposite effect as sleeping on the left side, consequently, right-side sleeping builds pressure on the cardiovascular organs. Therefore, if you have certain health-related issues such as heartburn, the left side would be the safer sleep position.

One Leg Elevated

This position can cause back problems due to the uneven distribution of weight. However, lifting both legs takes pressure off the pelvis and may help sufferers of back pain.

Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach is considered the worst sleep position. Because your head is turned to the side, the neck can become strained.  According to Dr. Breus, this position pulls the stomach down and can damage the spine. One way to take some strain off your neck and spine is to get a thin, firm pillow so that your head is not propped up too high.

Without a doubt, changing your go-to sleeping position can be difficult, but it may result in sounder sleep. Try experimenting with a new, safer sleep position. If it feels awkward at first, go back to your usual sleep position, but increase the amount of time you stay in the new position each night. Eventually, sleeping in a new position might become your preferred sleep style.

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