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Sleep positions and health

In addition to sleep time, your posture also affects your health. Each posture has a different effect on breathing, spine and circulation. But everything is in order.

Good sleep is essential for good health. Most experts advise sleeping eight hours, that is, a third of the day. But did you know that in addition to sleep time, your posture also affects your health? You can sleep on your stomach, on your back, on your side... Each position has its own effect on breathing, spine and blood circulation. But everything is in order.

1. Lying on the back, arms relaxed: good for the neck

Sleeping on the back with arms on either side of the body is considered the best posture for health. It is good for the spine and neck (but do not put too many pillows). Be that as it may, those who sleep on their backs tend to snore more than others. In addition, this position can lead to respiratory arrest, which in medicine is called "apnea".

2. Lying on the back, arms raised: good for the back and face

The starfish pose is also good for the back. Whether your arms are behind the pillow or not, sleeping on your back can help prevent wrinkles and acne. However, like position number 1, this variation also has problems with snoring. In addition, this position of the hands compresses the tendons in the shoulders and impedes blood circulation. And this can often lead to tendinitis.

3. Lying on your stomach: take care of your neck

Sleeping on your stomach can improve digestion, but unless you know how to breathe through a pillow, this position makes you you turn your head one way or the other. And this can be very painful for the neck, head and shoulders. In addition, this posture causes rotation of the vertebrae and leads to incorrect positioning of the hands. Finally, it is fraught with bruxism (teeth grinding), painful sensation in the jaw and headache.

4. Fetal position: possible back pain

back and neck. In addition, the curvature of the body in this position prevents deep breathing. However, the fetal position can have a beneficial effect on the sleep of snorers or pregnant women.

5. Body and arms on the side: think about skin aging

When you sleep on your side with your arms extended along the body, the spine is in a natural position. Therefore, this pose can reduce back and neck pain. In addition, it allows you to avoid stopping breathing. What are its disadvantages? In that it can lead to skin aging, for example, cause wrinkles and sagging breasts.

6. Lying on your side, hands in front of you: prepare for back pain

This pose has the same advantages as the previous one. However, it can cause pain in the back and arms due to circulatory problems and pressure on the nerves.

7. On the right or left side: pain in the shoulders and hips.

If you sleep on your side, it all depends on which one you prefer. The right one can give you heartburn, while the left puts such internal organs as the liver, lungs and stomach to the test. Doctors advise pregnant women to sleep on their left side. In addition, you should not constantly sleep on one side. If we sleep on our side, the pressure is more difficult to distribute throughout the body. Therefore, most often it is especially strong in the shoulders and hips. A study conducted at the University of California San Francisco showed that men who sleep on one side are more likely to develop kidney stones. In 75% of patients who repeatedly suffered from kidney stones, they appeared on the side on which they slept.

8. More pillows: good for the spine

Whatever position you choose, you will sleep better and wake up more pleasant if you have several pillows. Back sleepers can place a small pillow under their lower back, while side sleepers can place it between their knees. Finally, it is recommended to put an orthopedic pillow under the head, which repeats the natural curve of the neck.

Source: Atlantico, France