I must admit I’ve kinda gotten obsessed with sleeping positions. I snore more when I sleep on my back, but sleeping on the side makes my knees hurt. But why? Well, science may have answers about sleeping positions, at least regarding the ways they affect our health.
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1. Sleeping on the stomach
Well, except that it makes it harder to snore, science says there are no other benefits to sleeping on your belly. But you can hurt your neck, so that’s a big negative.
2. Sleeping on the side
It’s not one of the most popular positions for nothing. It allows you to stretch your legs, rest your spine, as well as prevent acid reflux and heartburn. However, take care to switch sides occasionally, because in time it has an effect on the shapes of your organs and body. If you’re pregnant though, sleep on the left side for better blood circulation.
3. Sleeping in a fetal position
A less popular variant of number 2, this position is favored by 41% of people. However, the downside is that curving your legs adds stress to your back. The side position with your legs straight is much better for you. But if you really must sleep this way, a pillow between your knees will make it better.
4. Sleeping on the back
It’s one of the most difficult positions to get used to, but it’s the superior one by far. Lying on your back means that your spine is fully supported by your mattress. Plus, it protects your face from wrinkles, because you’re not using your pillow as a toaster. It can, however, make sleep apnea or snoring worse, so keep that in mind.
Well, that’s it! Now choose your favorite position and give it a try! Or not.
* 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.