We need at least 8 hours of quality sleep every night to restore our energy and function well the next day. However, a lot of people view sleep as a luxury and think that the benefits of limiting the hours they spend asleep are more important.
They often overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep. Sleeping less than recommended leaves us at greater risk of depression, weight gain, high blood pressure and other health problems. Not only the duration of sleep is important but also the position in which you sleep. It might determine your overall health.
Since our sleeping position affects numerous aspects of the body, like sinuses, blood pressure or heartburn here is how to sleep in order to solve some of your health issues.
1. Digestion Trouble
If you have problems with digestion sleep on your back. This will allow gravity to act and improve the process. Science!
2. Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain, you should sleep on your back, with a rolled-up towel under the curve of your back, and a pillow under the knees.
3. Neck Pain
Waking up with a pain in the neck is not a rare occurrence. To ease the pain lay in a fetal position with a pillow under your legs.
4. High Blood Pressure
According to the researchers at the Ehime University School of Medicine, the way you sleep might affect your blood pressure. So if you have a high blood pressure make sure to you sleep face down woth your head to the side.
Sleeping on the left side, will calm heartburn.
6. Sinus Trouble
Everyone who has sinus troubles knows how painful a sinus headache can be. Harvard Medical School advises you to sleep with the head elevated in order to prevent the mucus clogging up your sinuses.
7. Shoulder Pain
For shoulder pain you should sleep on the pain-free side. Then, you need to bend your legs, again laying in a fetal position. Then, put a pillow between the knees. Support the shoulder with a smaller pillow, close to your chest and under the shoulder.
8. PMS Pain
A common sign of PMS is pain in the spine. To elevate this pain put a pillow under your knees when laying down.
If you don’t want to wake up with a throbbing headache lay on your back and elevate the head with 2 pillows, a big one and a smaller one to support yur neck.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.