Different Sleep Positions, Their Pros and Cons
If seen from one perspective, sleeping is a pretty basic thing. Even babies do it. However, from another perspective, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Both oversleeping and under sleeping can lead to numerous health issues like diabetes, dementia, obesity and even heart diseases. On the other hand, due to an increasingly stressful lifestyle, most people find it hard to have enough sleep on a daily basis. Sleep positions can play a pivotal role in increasing or decreasing your sleep quality. In this article we’ll talk about three different positions of sleeping.
So let’s get started:
1. Back sleeping: It has been suggested by many doctors that the simplest sleeping position, back sleeping, works best for most people. It has been said for years that back sleeping is a boon for the health of spine and neck because it doesn’t force them into any contortions. The back and spine remain straight and aligned properly in this posture, until you place too many pillows below your neck. Moreover, it’s also believed that this position is great enough for cosmetically inclined people because it doesn’t involve the face smooched up against a pillow. The open face leads to a significant decrease in wrinkles.
However, the downside of this sleeping position is that it’s closely linked to sleep apnea, a dangerous problem in which breathing stops during the sleep. It’s so closely linked to sleep apnea that doctors advise side sleeping to people suffering from disease. It’s also worth pointing out that back sleeping doesn’t always mean good sleep – a study conducted on sleep quality found that people with worst quality sleep slept more time on their backs.
2. Side sleeping:Doctors encourage left-side sleeping to women particularly during pregnancy period because it benefits mother and baby both by improving blood circulation to the heart. For those who’re not pregnant, left-side sleeping eases acid re-flux and heartburn.
But the cons of side sleeping are that it can result in arm numbness. Moreover, it also puts pressure on stomach and lungs. And when an arm is behind the head, the pressure from head may block the circulation of blood in that arm, which may affect nerves and muscles of that arm.
3. Stomach sleeping: The benefits of stomach sleeping come down to two things only – it eases the case of snoring and sleep apnea. On the other side, cons associated with it include manipulation of spine’s normal shape, tension in the nerves of neck and much more than that. In fact, it’s regarded the worst sleeping position by healthcare professionals.
Despite the pros and cons of each of these sleep positions, most people love sleeping in a position that makes them feel comfortable. So you can sleep in any position that seems comfortable to you unless a doctor suggests you to change your method.
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