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Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Health -

hen you slip into bed each night, what po­si­tion do you pre­fer? Per­haps you cosy up on your left or right side, or maybe you pre­fer the foetal po­si­tion. Or do you re­lax on your back or front?

Stud­ies are find­ing that your sleep po­si­tion can ef­fect ev­ery­thing from the type of dreams you have and whether you snore to back and neck pain and the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Here, we look at the pros and cons of the most com­mon sleep po­si­tions. se­cu­rity so it can help shrug off stress. Dr Chris Idzikowski from the Sleep As­sess­ment and Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice in the UK has stud­ied sleep­ing po­si­tions and per­son­al­ity, and says peo­ple who favour the foetal po­si­tion – mostly women – tend to have a tough ex­te­rior but can be shy.

CONS

“Of­ten when we are curled up we clench our hands and that cre­ates pres­sure on our carpal tun­nel,” says Dr An­drew Lawrence from the Chi­ro­prac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia. Carpal tun­nel syn­drome is a painful con­di­tion af­fect­ing the hands and fin­gers, and is caused by com­pres­sion of a ma­jor nerve in the hand and wrist. So if you like to sleep like a baby, keep your hands loose.

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