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It has been estimated that we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, sleep positions matter a lot. Sleeping in the right position has many health benefits.
If you wake up in the morning with aches and pains that you didn't have when you went you went to bed, perhaps you slept in the wrong position. Sleeping in the wrong position can cause serious health issues such as heartburn and pain in your neck, shoulder, and back. Therefore, you should sleep in a position that's best for your body.
Doctors recommend that you get a certain amount of sleep every night. Other than knowing how much sleep you need, you should also know that different sleep positions have different health benefits. That's why it is so important that you choose a particular sleep position and stay away from some of the other postures.
Most people do not know that the way they sleep could be contributing to their poor health. In this article, you will find which position will not only help you sleep more comfortably, but it will also help you get rid of any health issues you might have.
Sleeping in the Fetal Position
We all know how babies sleep even after they are out of the womb. The fetal position is the most popular sleep position even for adults. Perhaps it is because It has many health benefits. If you have lower back pain or snore, this position would be the best one for you.
When you curl up, make sure you keep your legs extended. Some people find it helpful to sleep with a pillow between their knees.
Sleeping on Your Left Side
Sleeping on your right side or straight on your back can cause a problem called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or make the problem worse if you are already experiencing that discomfort. Studies have proven that sleeping on the right side increases heartburn and acid reflux.
To eliminate the risk of GERD, doctors advise patients to wait 2-3 hours before going to bed after eating a big meal and only sleep on their left side when they do go to bed.
Sleeping on Your Right Side
If you sleep on your right side, acid and other contents from the stomach go up into your esophagus. If you sleep on that side, the valve that keeps acid from going out of the stomach area cannot control the reflux.
Notice in the photo above how the contents of your stomach go up to the esophagus when you sleep on your right side. You may get heartburn, distress, the taste of acid in your mouth, bad breath, and chest pain. Nobody wants any of those discomforts. Therefore, choose to sleep on your left side instead of on your right side.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
Sleeping on your stomach comes at the bottom of the list of best positions. That position does help if you snore or have sleep apnea. Otherwise, choose another position. Sleeping on your stomach can cause back and neck pain. It can also add strain on your joints and muscles. Sleeping on your stomach might be the reason you wake up sore in the morning.
If you do sleep on your stomach, it might help if you place a pillow under your lower belly. It could also help if you sleep without a pillow or use a very low one for your head to reduce stress on your neck. Putting a pillow under your pelvis can reduce lower back pain.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping flat on your back offers the most health benefits, but it is not a comfortable position for most people. If you have ever notice pictures of people in the hospital, they are almost always sleeping on their back.
Sleeping on your back is the best way to protect your spine because your back uses gravity to keep your body in an even alignment over your spine. Sleeping on your back reduces pressure on your back and joints. It might be helpful to use a pillow behind your knees to support the natural curve of the back.
An added benefit of sleeping on your back is that it keeps your skin away from the pillow and you don't get wrinkles caused by gravity.
Sleeping on youe back might be challenging for anyone who struggles with snoring or sleep apnea. It would be helpful to place a pillow behind your knees to reduce back pain and relieve pressure on your spine.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 03, 2020:
Very nice and useful article.
Ankita B on October 01, 2020:
I usually sleep on my left side and sometimes on my back. Thank you for sharing this informative article. I enjoyed reading it.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 01, 2020:
Margaret this is so beneficial for me. I deal with GERD and I appreciate what I have learned here.Thank you.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 01, 2020:
I have been suffering from acid reflux at night. I researched and discovered that it might be because I sleep on my RIGHT SIDE. According to the information and the photo in this article, I believe that is the reason. Therefore, I am changing my sleeping position to the LEFT SIDE to see if it helps.
I noticed those who have taken the poll so far, sleep on their RIGHT SIDE.
Ivana Divac from Serbia on October 01, 2020:
Such a great and informative article! Thank you for sharing.
Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on October 01, 2020:
This is quite enlightening. I sleep on my stomach, which explains the neck and back pain I usually wake with.
Thanks for the eye-opener.
Alnajda Kadi from Tirana Albania on October 01, 2020:
Thank you, so helpful.