A good night’s sleep requires a good sleeping environment, a good mattress, and plenty of rest. Getting enough sleep is the most important thing – but did you know that how you sleep can also impact your health? Let’s take a look at common sleeping positions and what they do to your body.
Best Position: Sleeping On the Back
This position is good for your back. It prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Sleeping on your back also combats acid reflux.
Sleeping on your back means the head is elevated, and the stomach is able to sit below the esophagus, making it less likely for digested substances to come back up. However, it’s important to note sleeping in this position can result in snoring.
In addition, placing your arms up adds pressure on the nerves of the shoulders, which leads to pain.
Second Best: Sleeping On the Side
Sleeping on your side is beneficial for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, prone to general snoring, neck and back pain, and for those pregnant.
Being a side-sleeper, however, can also cause unwanted skin aging, since placing one side of your face on the pillow can cause you to get wrinkles, and even leads to saggy breasts.
Bad: Fetal Position
The fetal position may be comforting at the moment, but this can lead to neck and back pain, wrinkles, and saggy breasts. Sleeping in the fetal position can cause a strain on your back and joints, especially when your knees and chin are tucked into your chest.