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Sleep Positions

How sleep positions affect your health.

March 17, 2015

The way that your body is positioned while you sleep can have an effect on both your quality of rest and the status of your overall health. Take a look at these sleep positions to see if you may want to try a different position tonight:

Fetal position
According to the Better Sleep Council, people who sleep on their side with their knees and arms tucked get the best quality sleep. Their backs and head are supported and they are usually the lest restless during the night, which allows them to sleep without waking repeatedly. If you have acid reflux, try to lie on your left side. Lying on your right side may worsen your symptoms. Doctors often recommend pregnant women sleep on their left side because it can improve the baby's circulation.

On your back
People who sleep on their backs may find they wake up with lower back pain. The natural curvature of the spine is limited when in this position. People who sleep like this may want to place a rolled-up towel or small pillow under their knees to allow for their spine to stay properly aligned. This sleeping position is where people snore the most, so individuals with apnea are not recommended to rest on their backs. It's also important to be sure your pillow is not too high, causing neck strain. 

On your stomach
Sleeping on your stomach can aid digestion, but is also said to promote wrinkles in your face. If you sleep like this be sure you have a very flat pillow or don't use one at all. A fluffy, tall pillow can cause neck and back and neck problems because the spine isn't naturally aligned. 

There is no particular sleep position that is recommended for everyone. Tailor your body's positioning to your health needs, like avoiding snoring, lessening acid reflux or reducing back pain. 

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