Sleeping posture makes a difference to your health. Here is a compilation of nine ways to improve your condition while you snooze.
The average human being sleeps approximately 25 years in his lifetime. Human beings need sleep. Though, from what science understands, researchers still don’t know exactly why we need sleep. And it’s not just about how much sleep we need—statistics say the average adult needs between 7–9 hours per night—it’s also about how we sleep, because what position we sleep in affects our health too.
Sleeping position can affect many aspects of our body. From back pain to blood pressure to sinus infection, sleeping in a certain way can affect all of these kinds of symptoms and more. Here, we’ve compiled a list of nine sleeping postures from various health sources to help alleviate all of these ailments.
1. Back Pain
2. Shoulder Pain
3. Sinus Trouble
If you are fighting off a sinus infection, your sleeping position may either be beneficial or detrimental according to Harvard Medical School. They recommend to, “Sleep with your head elevated… Mucus pools in your sinuses at night when your head is down, so have your head propped up during sleep.”
Also with headaches, sleeping position can either alleviate or aggravate the condition. Hub’s Health Expert said, “I used to suffer from daily headaches until I realized that I was twisting my neck when I slept.” They recommend surrounding the head with pillows to prevent it from turning.
5. PMS pain
6. High blood pressure
7. Digestion trouble
8. Neck pain
Using additional neck support may help the symptoms of neck pain. “For neck pain, it is helpful to use a small rolled-up hand towel right under the neck for added support,” according to PainPhysicians.com. “The towel can be placed inside the pillowcase to help it stay in place.”
Last but not the least … heartburn can make sleeping very difficult. Just like for indigestion, heartburn can be alleviated by sleeping on one’s left side according to WebMD. If ever you forget what side to sleep on, just keep in mind that, “right is wrong.”
These are just a few of the ways sleeping posture can benefit your health. Though by all means, do consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about such symptoms or about these sleeping solutions. These positions are only for your knowledge and reference. Happy sleeping!