How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Health


Science | April 13, 2018

Since sleeping is a very important part of your life, it is good that you know the details pertaining to it in detail. These details can guide you forward in your time sleeping and you may enjoy the routine if you are doing it right. Go through these sleeping patterns and have a good time trying to comprehend what is best for you.

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Sleeping Positions

There are many sleeping positions out there and all of them can impact your health in one way or the other. These sleeping positions are followed by people before they go to bed in the night and wake up in the morning.

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Soldier Position

The first position we will be talking about today is the soldier position. This is the simplest position of them all and doesn't take a lot of metrics into it. Just lie down on your bed and have your hands by your side for best impact.

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Benefits and Cons

This position is known as the soldier position and has many benefits when it comes to your health. There are many pros associated with it. There are also some cons associated with it, which don't outnumber the pros.

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Pros

This position can help you rest your spine, arms and your neck. This position is perfect for your overall posture and reduces acid reflux. Besides women can go for it, because it helps them maintain perky breasts for life.

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Cons

Since because of gravity the tongue is pulled down, people who suffer from sleep apnea may suffer from aggressive snoring in this position. This can cause lower back pain and can also adversely impact a fetus in your body.

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Starfish Position

Basically a variance of the back-sleeper position, this position is when a person lies down on their back, but with both of their arms on both sides of their head. You can look at the picture here for further features and evidence.

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Pros

This position is called perfect for curing insomnia and may be really good for your neck and your spine as the night passes by. This position can also help reduce the chance of a headache during the night.

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Cons

Just like the position mentioned above, there is also the chance of heavy snoring over here. This snoring can put you off. Moreover, your awkward arm positioning can also put the nerves in your shoulder under some pressure.

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Log Position

This position is basically achieved when you sleep on your sides with both your arms positioned downwards in a straight manner. If you prefer sleeping in this position, then you should prefer the left side of the bed.

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Pros

This is the ideal sleeping position for your spine and can really help the spine, since this natural curve give the spine some support. This may prevent back and neck pain, and may even reduce the chances of snoring during night.

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Cons

Since your leg on top of the other one may not be getting sufficient support from the body, chances are that you may end up putting a lot more pressure on your hips than what can be borne by your hips.

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Yearner Position

This position is basically sleeping on your side with your arms outstretched, legs slightly bent and your head slightly away from the center. Again, it is advised that you stay on your left side for best impact here.

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Pros

The biggest benefit here is that the position puts an end to back and neck pain. Moreover, acid reflux may also get decreased and you will not be snoring excessively during your sleep. This is something commonly said.

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Cons

This position can restrict the required flow of blood inside the body and the compression inside your body may put excessive stain over organs such as your lungs, liver and stomach. This can backfire later down the line.

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Recommend

Which sleeping position do you sleep in, and what would you be recommending for everyone else? Let us know about your current position in the comments below and talk about which position you think is the best among the lot.

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