Want a good night’s rest? Here's how
August 23, 2011
First Published: 18:23 IST(23/8/2011)
Last Updated: 10:19 IST(24/8/2011)
It is proven that good night’s sleep is important for numerous health benefits. But want to know what is the best sleep position to get a good night’s rest?
The best position is to sleep on your back, according to a new study. It prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux and minimizes
wrinkles. Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck and spine to maintain a neutral position. However, people with severe snoring or sleep apnea should avoid sleeping on their back. This position is recommended for people with neck pain along with a cervical roll or pillow.
The next best position is the side position. This position is great for your overall health. It prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux and reduces snoring. This position is ideal for women who are pregnant. Women in late pregnancy should sleep on their left side to increase blood flow to the baby. Side sleeping keeps your spine elongated preventing back soreness.
Side-sleeping, however, tends to constrict the shoulder and neck muscles due to the weight of the head on the arm all night. Side-sleepers should do a shoulder stretch to stretch the back of the shoulders and prevent soreness. Side-sleeping also might worsen facial wrinkles and increase breast sagging over time. This sleep position is recommended for people with back pain with a pillow under your knees to relieve strain on the lumbar spine.
The worst position to sleep in is on your stomach. The stomach position eases snoring but is bad for your neck and back. Stomach-sleeping makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position with your spine. It puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness and tingling.