Sleep affects the entire human body, and on average, a person spends 25 years sleeping. Sleep has many positive effects as in addition to helping the body recover from our daily activities, it also helps the brain to function at its best.
Because we appreciate that time is valuable, we understand the time we spend sleeping is beneficial and we should not shorten our sleep but maximise its benefits.
Different sleep positions affect us in more ways than many of us are aware of! Here is how each sleep position affects our sleep and how you can improve your quality of sleep.
Here are a few of the major benefits of Soldier sleeping position
On the negative side, this sleeping position increases the possibility of snoring in people with apnea, it can cause pain in the lower back and with pregnant women it can adversely affect the foetus.
If you are experiencing some of the negative effects of sleeping in this position, try sleeping without a pillow under your head and neck. This will maintain the body in a neutral position and possibly decrease snoring. Try putting a large pillow under the back of your knees which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine in the lower back.
This is one way of sleeping on your back, but both are arms generally raised fish
Benefits of this sleeping position:
In this position, we lie sideways with our arms close to our body and face.
Benefits of this sleeping position are:
Because the upper leg is not supported enough, there is a possibility of back pain. As this is a sideways sleeping position, it might increase the formation of wrinkles on the face and breast as well as neck pain.
In order to avoid back and neck pain, try sleeping with a pillow under your head as well as between your thighs to support the upper leg. In this position sleeping on the left side is recommended.
In the Yearner position, we sleep on our side with legs straight and arms slightly bent, reaching out at a 75 to 90-degree angle. About 13 percent of people spend the night in this position.
The benefits of this position are:
The Yearner sleep position restricts normal blood flow in the body and the nerves are under pressure, which can cause pain in the neck and head. Also, internal organs such as the liver and lungs can suffer in this sleep position due to pressure on the nerves. This position can increase wrinkles on the face and neck.
Using a satin pillow will reduce the chance of wrinkles on the face but generally this is not the most recommended sleep position.
The foetal posture involves sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent and raised towards your chest, with arms slightly bent.
This is the most common sleeping position in women, and as many as 41 percent of people sleep in this position.
The benefits of the foetal sleeping position are:
In this sleep position people lie flat on the stomach or chest.
It is not the best sleeping position, as experts point out. Although this position can reduce snoring, it can also result in pain in the neck and the lower back, and internal organs are not in the optimum position. Also, continuously sleeping in this position can increase the formation of wrinkles on the face.
If you prefer sleeping in this position, put a pillow between your stomach and the mattress to change your position to lying slightly sideways.
We hope you have enjoyed learning of pros and cons of the different sleeping positions. Tell us which sleep position you prefer, and we will tell you what kind of person you are😊.
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