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Is Your Sleep Position Impacting Your Sleep?

It is widely accepted that adequate sleep is imperative for a healthy lifestyle and that an evening of poor rest can result in a terrible day. The DNA of poor sleep quality is the focus of regular studies, however, we often overlook a crucial factor, one that is so natural we can’t always control it: sleep position.

Sleep position has previously been linked to a wide range of health problems, including snoring, acid-reflex, lower back pain, and even wrinkles. It is natural for people to sleep in positions that they feel are best for sleeping, however, these positions are often bad for our health.

Although it may be difficult to record your specific sleep posture each night, you can pay attention to your body’s resting position before you fall asleep and when you wake up in order to pinpoint specific health implications associated with your night-time posture.

The Back Sleeper

In research conducted by Medical Daily, it was found that sleeping on your back is easier for your head, neck and spine to align in a neutral position. Sleeping on your back with your arms at your sides is considered the best position for spine and neck health.

Sleeping on your back with your arms up and out, also known as the “starfish” position, is also good for your back and has been associated with the prevention of facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Unfortunately, the Daily Health Post report that back sleepers are more inclined to suffer from sleep apnoea and report snoring more than those who sleep in other positions.

Sleeping Face Down

It is widely considered by physicians that sleeping on your stomach is the worst sleep position. The Cleveland Clinic states that as sleeping on your front does not support the natural curve of your spine, it is not recommended.

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Sleeping on Your Side

According to Medical Daily, back and neck pain can be reduced and sleep apnoea alleviated, simply by sleeping on your side with both arms down and your spine in its natural curve. Research does, however, indicate that sleeping on your side with your arms out can result in restricted blood flow and pressure placed on nerves resulting in arm or shoulder pain.

Despite side-sleeping being a common occurrence, the specific side you sleep on can make a difference. Research indicates that sleeping on your right side can worsen heartburn, whilst sleeping on the left can put a strain on internal organs such as your liver, lungs and stomach.

Fetal Position

Whilst sleeping with your knees drawn up and chin tilted downward in the fetal position may be comfortable while you sleep, it often results in chronic back and neck pain. Due to the extreme curl of this position, it is known to restrict breathing and should be avoided – you are advised to have your shoulders and neck aligned as you sleep, rather than curled.

Bear in mind that your mattress impacts your sleep posture and your quality of sleep. We manufacture a range of mattress toppers which can breathe new life into a tired mattress or add an additional layer of comfort to a new one.

Written by: Downland Bedding Posted on: 18th April 2016