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Sleeping Position And Their Affects On Health

An average human being sleeps for about 25 years of its biological life and this is absolutely necessary for the well-being f other said human being. Sleeping has very important benefits for human health as it not helps to revitalize the human body; it also allows the brain to work in its optimal capacity.

We are aware that the time of a person is very precious so that is why the sleeping time should also be utilized at its full. Today we bring to you a detailed analysis of the various sleeping positions and their effects on human health, so you can choose the one best suited for you.

Soldier position

The sleeping position in which a person keeps their hands on their sides while lying flat on their back is the most suitable sleeping position of a human being. This position has its similarity with the Savasana Pose of yoga and is known by the name Soldier Position. Sleeping is known to have numerous healthy benefits for human health.

Pros:

  • It places the spine, arms, and neck in the perfect position
  • Allows the improvement of the entire posture
  • Decreases acid reflux problem
  • Treats insomnia
  • Reduction of the headaches pangs
  • Prevention of facial wrinkles

Cons:

  • Due to gravity pulling down on the tongue, this position promotes the snoring in some people which suffer from the sleep apnea
  • Can cause adverse effects on the fetus
  • Can promote back pain

How to treat the position:

  • You can try to sleep in the posture with a pillow under your head. This will allow the body to be in neutral position and also reduce the snoring
  • To support the curve of the back, place a pillow under your knees

Starfish position

In the Starfish position, person sleeps just like Soldier position sleeps on their back but the arms are on the sides of their head.

Pros:

  • Causes the neck and spine to be positioned in rest
  • Treats insomnia
  • Decreases pangs of headaches
  • Due to the head being elevated and stomach lying below; contents of the stomach do not enter the esophagus and this reduces acid reflux,
  • Prevention from skin related diseases and reduction in wrinkles

Cons:

  • Like soldier position, this position also promotes snoring and also can lead to back pain.

How to treat the position:

  • Avoid the use of pillow for resting the neck, head, and spin in their natural positions.

Log position

In Log Position, a person lies on their sides with both arms in a straight line at the downward position. The best side to sleep in this pose is the left side to provide better rest to vital organs of the body.

Pros:

  • An ideal position for spine due to it receiving maximum natural curve
  • Prevents pain in neck and back
  • Reduces snoring and sleep apnea

Cons:

  • Due to the top leg not receiving enough support, the chances of it to have back or the hip pain increases.
  • Side sleeping has been linked with skin aging and wrinkles.
  • It can also cause pain in the neck.

How to treat the position:

  • The pain in the neck is caused by improper support so using a pillow can resolve this issue.
  • Place a pillow in between the thighs provides support to both the lower and the top leg.

Yearner position

The Yearner Position is the one in which a person sleeps on their side with their legs being slightly bent while arms are stretched along with head being a little off-centered. Sleeping on the left side in this position is recommended for the safety of vital organs.

Pros:

  • Prevention of back and neck pain
  • Reduces the acid reflux bouts
  • Reduction of snoring and sleep apnea
  • Provides relief from heartburn
  • Wastes in the brain are cleared efficiently which reduces the risk for developing conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • People who sleep in this pose have a lesser chance of waking up in the night as the body gets optimum comfort.

Cons:

  • The flow of blood to arms and shoulders is hindered as well as pressure is mounted over nerves that cause pain.
  • Nerve compression can also cause strain over organs such as liver, lungs, and stomach
  • Cause of premature aging skin.

How to treat the position:

  • Facial wrinkles can be avoided by sleeping on pillowcases made from satin.
  • Placing a pillow between the knees provides ample support for the upper leg.

Fetal position

Fetal Position is the one in which a person sleeps on their sides with their knees getting drawn towards their chest with the chin titled downwards. This position is the most prevailing one among the female populace. Like any other side sleeping posture, it is advised to sleep on the left side to reduce pressure on vital body organs

Pros:

  • Snoring is reduced by a considerable margin.
  • Sleeping in this position on the left side causes the reduction of acid reflux.

Cons:

  • The curl in this pose is an extreme one which can place strain on the back and neck region to cause pain.
  • Like many other side poses for sleeping, it causes facial wrinkles.

How to treat the position:

  • Placing a firm pillow can help to deal with pain in neck and back.
  • People sleeping in this pose should alternate between sides during the night.

Freefall position

Freefall position is the one in which a person lies flat on their stomach and it is not one of the best sleeping postures out there.  Still, experts do not recommend against it.

Pros:

  • It has been known for treating snoring in some cases.

Cons:

  • Places strain on the neck and the lower spin region.
  • Due to blood circulation being stopped from the facial region, wrinkles are developed.
  • Unnatural stress is being placed over vital body organs.

How to treat the position:

  • A little sideways position can be created in this sleeping posture by placing a pillow between the mattress and the stomach.

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