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Does Sleep Position Affect Your Health?

The sleep phases—light, deep, and rapid eye movement (REM), which is when most dreams occur—occur again. Even though we aren't aware of it, we awaken after each cycle.

After each sleep cycle is over, everyone awakens five to seven times throughout the night. Then, they rapidly fall back asleep each time, frequently after a little movement or position change.

Does that slight or significant change in position affect one's health?

Choose What You Prefer.

According to sleep specialists, no one sleep position is perfect for everyone. In addition, many of the promises made on sleep advice websites are unfounded, such as the notion that sleeping on your back helps the brain get rid of waste products while sleeping on your right side protects your heart but wrinkles your face. However, there is little evidence to support any position being superior.

For healthy people, it just comes down to personal preference. However, the proper position might become crucial for someone with pain or health problems, especially as we age.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, people with back discomfort may find relief by resting on their backs with a small cushion or towel tucked under their knees to relieve pressure. Flipping to your side throughout the night may be an option if that isn't comfortable. Placing a pillow between the knees might ease hip and back pain for some people. Most medical professionals advise avoiding sleeping on one's stomach since it strains the neck to move to one side and forces it out of balance, leading to back pain. If you must do so, do not use the pillow or a pad to alleviate the neck and back pain by placing it under the pelvis.

Those With Certain Health Issues Should Sleep On Their Sides.

People with sleep apnea repeatedly cease breathing throughout the night, usually because their neck muscles relax and restrict the airway. This potentially dangerous illness is frequently brought on by being overweight and leading an unhealthy lifestyle. A person with sleep apnea will be awakened by their brain during an episode, although they may not recall lengthy breathing pauses, loud snoring, gasps, or snorts. It can contribute to daytime weariness, high blood pressure, and cardiac issues, among other health issues. Being horizontal can also increase acid reflux, which is the backward passage of stomach acid into the esophagus.

It can be best for pregnant women to sleep on their left side. Also, you should know that sleeping on the right side can squeeze the liver, and the mother's diaphragm may become compressed if the baby sleeps upright, making it hard for her to breathe. He advises putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

Snoring is not regarded to cause sleep disruption in and of itself because it is worse when the snorer is prone. We don't believe it to be a health issue, he adds. Instead, it is a social issue. Also, other sleep specialists recommend a tried-and-true method to lessen snoring: Your pajamas should have a tennis ball sewn into the back. When you roll onto your back, the pain makes you unconsciously move back onto your side. Another tip to help with snoring, sleep apnea, and acid reflux is to raise the legs of your bed at the head (a less expensive option) or buy an extendable bed and raise the back. Also helpful are wedge pillows.


Finding a place, a setting, and a job that works for you is the goal. Finally, you'll be aware of your comfort level. Comfort is paramount. Consider seeking assistance from your doctor if you discover that you wake up frequently during the night and have to move about a lot to feel at ease.


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