Your sleep­ing po­si­tion af­fects your health

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ZEST -

AF­TER what seems like a per­fect night of undis­turbed sleep, you can some­times wake up feel­ing slightly off kil­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search, the po­si­tion you sleep in could af­fect a lot more than just your slum­ber.

From neck pain and sleep ap­noea, to im­paired cir­cu­la­tion and night­mares, your pre­ferred sleep­time pose could be caus­ing new, or con­tribut­ing to ex­ist­ing, health prob­lems.

Since we spend one-third of our lives tak­ing 40 winks, we should prob­a­bly pay at­ten­tion to our snooz­ing po­si­tions.

Sleep­ing on your back makes it easy for your head, neck and spine to main­tain a neu­tral po­si­tion so this is great for any­one suf­fer­ing from pain in those ar­eas.

How­ever, it can also make snor­ing and sleep ap­noea far more likely. If you’re prone to acid re­flux, ly­ing in this po­si­tion is a no-no.

In­vest in a puffy pil­low that will slightly raise your head and neck while pro­vid­ing sup­port.

But while this po­si­tion is great for pre­vent­ing neck and back pain, snor­ing less and sleep­ing dur­ing preg­nancy, you could end up with com­pressed nerves in your arms and legs in­stead.

If you’re one of those peo­ple that like to have their arms over­head hold­ing on to a cosy pil­low, this is es­pe­cially likely.

As an al­ter­na­tive, ex­perts sug­gest sleep­ing with a pil­low be­tween your legs, as this will keep them from putting any ex­tra strain on your back.

Sleep­ing on your stom­ach is con­sid­ered the worst po­si­tion, as it makes it dif­fi­cult to main­tain the nat­u­ral cur­va­ture of your skin.

This can put pres­sure on joints and mus­cles, which can ir­ri­tate nerves.

It also means your neck is turned for hours on end, po­ten­tially caus­ing neck strain which can lead to chronic pain prob­lems. – The In­de­pen­dent

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