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The Position in which you Sleep Affects your Health, Do you Know How?

On average, we spend 25 years of our life sleeping : that’s why you have to do it well, in the most correct position. Each of us has our own way to rest at night, those who prefer to be with their stomach up, down, side and those in a fetal position.

Each of these positions has positive and negative effects on the rest of the body : here is an article to understand what are the benefits and disadvantages of each and to choose the one that would be best to adopt, depending on your health condition.


Position of the soldier

Sleeping with your back resting on the mattress and hands at your sides is considered the best position: here are the advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages:

Relaxes your spine, neck, shoulders and arms.
Improves upright posture in general.
Reduces acid reflux.
It reconciles sleep and fights insomnia.
Reduces the possibility of having a headache upon awakening.
It relaxes the skin of the face reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
The disadvantages:

Promotes snoring in people suffering from sleep apnea.
It can be uncomfortable for the fetus.
Can put the back on those with hernias.
Tips:

Apply a large cushion under the knees to encourage a natural curve in the lower back.
Star-shaped position

It is a variant of the soldier’s position,but instead of descending along the body, the arm’s rise towards the head.

The advantages:

It relaxes the neck area more.
Promotes sleep.
Reduces the possibility of having a headache.
Avoids acid reflux.
The disadvantages:

An uncomfortable position of the arms could lead to a crushing of the nerves of the shoulders, causing pain.
It can induce tingling in the arms.
Tips:

Even in this position, it is advisable to remove the cushion to allow the back to have a natural curvature.
Trunk position

In this position the legs are superimposed, the side is completely resting on the mattress and one hand is usually positioned under the pillow (the position of the hands is free). The best side is the left side, to better rest the vital organs.

The advantages:

Complete backbone support.
Reduces sleep apnea and snoring.
It is comfortable for pregnant women.
The disadvantages:

Your legs may not receive sufficient support and therefore cause pain in your back and hip.
The lateral position causes the bre*st and the face of the skin to fall to one side, causing wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
In some cases it can lead to neck tensions.
Tips:

If you sleep on the side, put a pillow between your legs to support the upper leg.
Position of the melancholic

Sleeping side by side, with legs slightly bent and arms extended forward, or bent under the head, is known as the position of the melancholy. Also in this case it is advisable to prefer the left side.

The advantages:

It makes sleep lasting (a study has seen that people sleep longer in this position for a long time).
Avoid neck and back pains.
Reduces sleep apnea and snoring.
Recommended for pregnant women.
The disadvantages:

A too convoluted position of the hands could lead to tingling and soreness.
Nerve compression can put pressure on the internal organs (liver, lungs and stomach).
Promotes the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Tips:

Insert a cushion between the legs to give more support to the upper leg.
Choose a satin pillow to reduce wrinkle formation.
Fetal position

It is undoubtedly the position that most women prefer: the body is placed sideways on the mattress, the legs bent upward and head down.

The advantages:

Reduces snoring considerably.
It is convenient for pregnant women.
The disadvantages:

Extreme curvature can create tension in the neck and back.
It can cause facial wrinkles and sagging breasts, like all lateral positions
Increases acid reflux.
Tips:

Use a solid cushion to support the head.
Alternate sides while resting.
Freefall

This position is to stay with the abdomen down, the legs slightly apart and the hands up. doctors advise against it as it exerts pressure on all the organs.

The advantages:

It can reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
The disadvantages:

Cause tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
Crush the internal organs.
And you in which position do you sleep? Do you think it is also the most suitable or do you know that you should change it? Let us know!

March 13, 2018 8:00 am