According to a new research, the way you sleep affect your health and wellbeing. Sleep determines everything about your dreams, risk of dementia, premature ageing and much more. While we are pretty much aware about the sleeping positions of couples, its's time to know about the common sleeping styles and their impact on our health.
So, now it’s your chance to know if you are sleeping in the wrong position. The 5 common sleeping styles are on your left, on your back, on your right, on your front and foetal position. Check out the pros and cons of these sleeping styles explained by Mandy Francis.
People who suffer from heartburn feel a sigh of relief while sleeping on their left side. Dr Matthew Noble, a GP for the online medical consultancy babylonhealth.com explained, 'Symptoms of heartburn are often worse at night. We're not exactly sure how it works, but when people sleep on their left side, the internal organs seem to align in a way that helps to significantly reduce the amount of acid leaking out of the stomach into the oesophagus, which is what causes the pain associated with heartburn.'
According to a study published in the International Journal of Sleep and Hypnosis, 40.9% of people reported that sleeping on left side increase the chance of having nightmares as compared to 14.6% who sleep on their right sides.
Sleeping on your back helps in aligning your spine which in turn provides relief from back pain. Dr Goesel Anson, cosmetic surgeon, explained, 'Because your face isn't being pressed firmly into a pillow for six hours or more at a time, you're less likely to get wrinkles and spots.'
Certain studies point out that sleeping on your back can double the chances of snoring and sleep disorder. There are also chances of contraction in air passage as your tongue falls to the back of the throat in supine position.
Sleeping in foetal position helps to reduce stress by providing the luxury of a childhood pose. Osteopath Amy Hope considers this position good for a sound sleep. She explains, 'The foetal position gives the spine enough flexibility to move during the night if you need to change position and, as long as you don't curl up too tightly, allows you to breathe easily, too.'
Sleeping in foetal position can deteriorate your neck pain as it puts pressure on the joints of the skull. Osteopath Amy Hope advised, 'Though it's comfortable for most people, you need a pillow under your head to ensure your neck and spine are aligned if you don't want to wake with a stiff neck or sore shoulder. Look for a relatively firm texture. It needs to be big enough to fill the gap between ear and neck. The head needs to be held straight, in line with your spine and shoulder. So a broad-shouldered man needs a thicker pillow than a slightly built woman. If you suffer back problems, a slim pillow between the knees can help to keep your spine more comfortable.'
Sleeping on right side helps in reducing hypertension. It provides a little extra room in the chest cavity which helps in reducing blood pressure and heart rate. According to the scientists from Stony Brook University in the United States, sleeping on your right or left side help to prevent Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Sleeping on your right side during pregnancy increases the chances of miscarriage. According to a research at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, 155 pregnant women who slept on their right gave birth to stillborn babies.
According to the scientists of Hong Kong's Shue Yan University, people who sleep on their front view more racy dreams than any other position. This position keeps the internal organs in a favorable position and stimulates comfortable digestion after a heavy diet.
Sleeping laterally can lead to headaches, stiff neck, tight shoulders and back pain. Rishi Loatey of the British Chiropractic Association explained, 'Sleeping on your front - lateral sleeping - is the worst possible position you can sleep in from a musculoskeletal point of view. In order to breathe comfortably, you have to lie with your head and neck almost fully rotated to one side for many hours.'
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