A golden rule for health and wellbeing is 7 hours of sound sleep every night. And a factor that very obviously dominates the quality of our sleep is our sleeping posture.
So, which is the best among them all. Let’s find out.
Among all sleeping positions, sleeping on your side is the best. In particular, sleeping on your left aids digestion and can help prevent snoring. If you feel your right nostril is blocked, then sleeping on your left can help open it up.
Sleeping on your right side is also good and provides almost the same benefits as sleeping on the left. Keep in mind, however, that you must avoid the right side right after a meal, as you would be putting more pressure on your internal organs. If your left nostril is blocked, then you can open it up by sleeping on your right. This position also helps in cooling down the body.
Sleeping on the abdomen is not recommended as it could lead to severe back pain and neck pain. In this position, your chest is not free to expand, your lungs must strain more, leaving you feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. This position can also affect your digestive capacity. So, it’s better to avoid this position.
Sleeping on your back has its own advantages and disadvantages. Pregnant women and old people should avoid sleeping on their backs, as it could worsen back pain. However, this position together with the right pillow support, can help in relieving neck pain.
The ideal sleeping position for pregnant women is sleeping on their left side with knees bent. The posture enables healthy blood flow to the foetus, uterus, liver, kidney and heart. This position relieves the pressure from a growing belly and greatly helps in maintaining good spinal alignment. Hence, it is good posture for those with lower back issues. Keeping a pillow between the thighs or knees can provide relief from backaches while we chase our slumber.
As with every condition, Yoga can help those suffering from insomnia. According to research published in a journal titled Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/yoga-for-sleep) researchers studied the link between Yoga and sleep, and found that those who participated in Yoga classes over 12 weeks, twice-weekly, found that they slept better.
Sleep plays a very important role in our overall health and wellbeing and in enhancing our energy levels. Poor sleep postures can lead to a variety of disorders. Therefore, be mindful about how you sleep. As suggested try and sleep on your side to derive optimal benefits from a good night’s sleep. Good night!
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