We toss, turn, snore, gurgle, talk and sometimes walk around when we are asleep; it’s just something we do that we can’t prevent.
We all also have a favourite sleeping position.
It might be on your side, on your back or curled up into a ball. But did you know the way you lie can affect how well you sleep?
Read on and discover the many sleeping positions that’ll give you the best night’s sleep.
On your back
A common sleeping position and the one that doctors suggest is the best one for your body.
The benefits of sleeping this way is that the back is straight, allowing the mattress to do its job most effectively.
For all of you that live in fear of dreaded wrinkles, the Academy of Dermatology in the US advises sleeping on your back to avoid those pesky crow’s feet, as sleeping on your side causes wrinkles in the skin that become permanent over time.
On your side
Another popular choice amongst sleepers, with many opting for the comfortable and cosy foetal position.
Doctors promote sleeping on your left side to pregnant women as it improves circulation to the heart and it takes pressure off the back, which is strained throughout the day.
It has also been claimed that sleeping on the left can help with acid-reflux, heartburn and indigestion.
It’s not all good news however. Sleeping on your side can put unneeded stress on your neck muscles, as it is your shoulders that are supporting all of your weight.
On your stomach
Sleeping on your front is the least advised of all the sleeping positions as it can have a negative effect on your body.
Sleeping in this way can cause back and neck pain, unneeded pressure on your joints and muscles and can irritate nerves.
However, is your snoring keeping a loved one awake at night?
Sleeping on your front keeps upper airways more open, making snoring less likely, although if you also suffer from any join or muscular pain, you should look for alternative remedies.
Well that’s just a few useful tips to get the most out of your night sleep.
This article was written by Sam Rigby on behalf of The Odd MattressCompany, the home of high quality mattresses and bed frames.
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