On the surface, sleep seems so simple; even babies, who haven’t yet mastered walking or talking, quickly become experts on this activity. And, they can do it anywhere and anyway, whether it’s in the arms of a parent, in a stroller in the park, in a car seat or even on the floor of a playpen. Sleep is a fundamental function that we, as living creatures, need to do to survive and lead healthy lives.
As we get older, the majority of us (less the very fortunate few who can still sleep anywhere and anyway, man do I envy them) have trouble sleeping anywhere but a bed, preferably, in most cases, our own bed. But, getting to sleep doesn’t simply stop at a location. We all also acquire a preferred sleeping position.
There are many variations of three main positions: back, stomach and side. With each position comes pros and cons. Find out how your sleep position is impacting your life and optimize your sleep to better your overall health.
Pros: Side sleeping, the most popular sleeping position, is often associated with cuddling up and getting cozy and is seen as a very comfortable and soothing position to sleep. This is also a versatile position that can work with mattresses anywhere on the spectrum from plush to firm. If you are a side sleeper, doctors encourage you to sleep on your left side to promote circulation to your heart. This is especially important during pregnancy. Sleeping on your side also helps you to fall asleep if you suffer from heartburn and/or acid reflux.
Cons: While it is less common, this position can put pressure on your heart and lungs so try and alternate sides to prevent organ strain. The much more common con from this position is simply pins and needles in whichever arm you’re sleeping on. The simple solution here is just to roll over and change sides or move your arm to a more comfortable position.
Original Article : HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? What Your Sleep Position Is Doing For You
By: Nap Queen