The position you sleep in and the overall effect it has on your health is as varied as the experts who study it, I have found. Should you sleep on your back, side or stomach? Should you sleep with a soft, medium, hard or no pillow? These are the issues that we need to sort through and decide what is best for each of us concerning our health. One thing we can all agree on is that we need a good nights sleep in order to function properly. Whatever sleep position that makes us most comfortable and is not damaging to our overall health is going to be the best way to accomplish this I feel. Here are some tips and ideas on the different sleep positions that could help each of us get a good nights sleep even if we may be suffering from various medical conditions.
A study conducted by a University medical school in Ehime, Japan claimed that blood pressure dropped significantly when men slept with their face down and 25 of the men experienced an even more dramatic decrease when they just turned over on their stomachs. In addition the systolic blood pressure fell by as much as 15mm HG in response to moving into the prone position, compared with the supine position, reports Patient Health International.
If you sleep on your side draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your legs. This position may be helpful if you have osteoarthritis in the spine, spinal stenosis or hip pain, the mayo clinic advises. Sleeping on your left puts the most stress on your internal organs such as the liver and lungs, so if possible try and sleep on your right side.
Sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees will help maintain the normal curve of your lower back and help relieve any lower back pain is another suggestion by mayo clinic sleep experts. This position also gives your internal organs more space to breathe.
Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for any of us, most sleep experts agree. This position may also not give your internal organs the space to expand since your ribcage is trapped and you’re placing pressure on it. If you can’t sleep any other way though, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen, preferably a body pillow. This sleep position may be helpful to someone suffering from a degenerative disease or a herniated disk in the center of your spine.
To help combat acid reflux or Gerd, sleep with an extra pillow under your head, while lying flat on your back. This should help prevent acids from leaking back into the esophagus.
Sleeping with no pillow is best for you according to the senior editor of Body + Soul Magazine. This allows your spine to rest with its natural curves in place. A pillow that is too thick can pull your head forward and affect your breathing, she states.
Sleeping on your side and resting your head on your arm for hours at a time stresses the body, pressing on the nerves that run through the top of the shoulder and down the arm resulting in numb fingers.
Most of the sleep studies and experts agreed that the best overall sleeping position for most of is probably the fetal position. So go grab your pillow now and keeping the above tips and ideas in mind, I hope you sleep like a baby tonight. Good Night now!
Sources: www.flatseats.com/general sleep positions