Every night when you lie in a soft bed, do you curl up and sleep like a fetus, or do you have to lie flat to sleep? For most people, the sleeping posture has long been formed and fixed, but do you know that sleeping posture will seriously affect people’s health and happiness.
Life times summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of five common sleeping positions based on the relevant reports of Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong to help you choose the right sleeping position according to your own situation.
lie on the left
British gastroenterologist Robin? Chutkan said, “heartburn symptoms tend to become more serious at night. Although we have not yet clarified the exact principle, when people sleep in the left side lying position, the symptoms are obviously alleviated. It is currently speculated that this position aligns the internal organs, which helps significantly reduce the gastric acid flowing into the esophagus, thus reducing the pain from the heartburn tropics.” Therefore, if your stomach is not right, please choose the left side sleeping position.
At the same time, a study by Izmir University in Türkiye found that 40.9% of the people who slept on the left side reported that they often had nightmares, and only 14.6% of the people who slept on the right side reported that they often had nightmares. Therefore, if you feel tired and nervous, you should avoid sleeping on the left side.
For long-term low back discomfort, it is recommended to sleep on your back, with pillows under your head and knees to align your spine, which can alleviate low back pain or at least let you sleep comfortably for one night.
In addition, cosmetic plastic surgeon gayson? Dr. Anson said that when lying on your back, your face is relaxed and breathable, which is very good for keeping your facial skin active.
However, some studies have found that when lying on the back, the tongue falls to the back of the mouth due to the gravity of the earth, narrowing the respiratory tract, doubling the probability of snoring and sleep apnea compared with lying on the side, and causing serious health problems such as daytime sleepiness, hypertension, diabetes and depression.
Therefore, people who have snoring and sleep apnea symptoms should try to avoid lying on their backs.
fetal sleeping posture
Amy, a British osteopathic expert? Hope suggested that people adopt more fetal sleeping positions. “When the body is curled up into the fetal sleeping position, the spine has enough flexibility, which is conducive to changing various sleeping positions at night.” It can not only ensure that the body is relaxed enough, but also help relieve pressure, especially suitable for people who are stressed and feel physically and mentally tired.
But at the same time, the fetal sleeping position may aggravate the symptoms of neck pain. If you don’t want to wake up with stiff neck or shoulder pain, when you use the fetal sleeping position, you should use a relatively hard pillow to keep your neck and spine in line. The pillow for people with shoulder width should be thicker, and the pillow for people with back pain should be sandwiched between their knees.
right side lying
Sleeping on the right side will give more space to the heart on the left side of the chest, which helps to lower blood pressure and make the heart beat less fast, which is beneficial to people with heart disease. Lying on the left side or on the right side is also conducive to removing wastes from the brain, spine and nervous system, and preventing dementia and other degenerative diseases.
However, right lateral decubitus in late pregnancy may cause stillbirth. Researchers from Auckland University in New Zealand studied 155 women who gave birth to dead babies and 310 women who gave birth to live babies. They found that sleeping on the right side reduces the blood flow to babies and increases the probability of stillbirth.
The prone sleeping position will make the internal organs in an ideal position, get a full rest, and promote digestion. In addition, sleeping in a prone position can effectively prevent snoring. A study by Hong Kong Shue Yan University also found that people who sleep in a prone position often have exciting dreams.
However, when lying prone, in order to facilitate breathing, you must turn your head to one side, which is easy to cause headache, neck stiffness, shoulder discomfort and other symptoms, and the pain will radiate to your arms.