What is your favorite sleeping position?
Sleep is a tricky subject. How much should you get? Is it better to sleep on your side or on your stomach? What position makes you more likely to snore?
Thankfully, The Huffington Post put together an infographic (see below) detailing the pros and cons of each sleep position. So pay close attention to the tips below!
What’s your favorite way to sleep? Let us know!
1. On Your Back
This position is often called “starfish position”, and it is very good for the back. This position allows you to minimize wrinkle, sagging breasts and acid reflux. However, because of the positioning of your head in this position, it tends to increase and worsen snoring.
2. On Your Side
Sleeping on your side allows you to lessen snoring and can help improve your circulation (this is the sleeping position that is widely recommended and preferred for woman when pregnant). However, the stress that is put on your shoulder and hip (mainly the side that is down) may result in shoulder and hip pain. Also, because your body is being somewhat scrunched it can lead to wrinkling and sagging breasts.
3. Face Down
This is another position that can help reduce snoring. Typically, in this position your head is on one side of your face, much like sleeping position two, which has a positive effect on reducing snoring. However, because the position your spine is during this sleeping position you may experience neck and back pain and stiffness. Your belly weight can play a role in the severity of the pain too, the larger your stomach the larger the arch in your back may be when in this position. Also, because your mid section is smashed against the bed, wrinkles and sagging breasts is increased.
If we leave aside your favorite sleeping position, you can get less pain and better sleep if you supplement your body with a pillow. The people that are sleeping on their back can place a small pillow beneath the arch of their spine, side sleepers should place a pillow between their knees, and those that sleep on their stomach can put a pillow under the hips, which will support the joints and help them enjoy a full, painless relaxation.
Each person has their own sleeping preference, which in turn has its own pros and cons. The important thing is to be able fall asleep and sleep for the appropriate amount of undisturbed hours. Getting enough sleep will provide you and your body with several different health benefits.
Article republished, in part, with permission: Article originally posted on HealthyHolisticLiving.com
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Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. This roll spawned from a health crisis over 14 years ago. Michelle went from marathon runner to bed ridden in what felt like overnight. Out of crisis came change, which at the time felt life ending but in retrospect was life fulfilling. Through this experience came the creation of healthy-holistic-living.com a site designed to share her experience and passion for holistic living and to support others who desire to create a shift in their lives. Learn all about her life’s inspiration and journey to health and wellness.