Sleep quality has a lot of possible contributing factors. Mattress age and quality, pillow age, and room temperature can all affect quality of sleep, but sleeping position can possibly have the biggest influence on sleep cycles. We know that a lot of people are concerned about their sleeping positions, so here is a list of the pros and cons of different sleeping positions and they may affect sleep.
Sleeping on the back can be good for those with certain health conditions like arthritis, but it can also cause some problems. Those who sleep on their backs are more likely to have low back pain, and this position can exacerbate sleep apnea for some. Back sleeping is not the best position for those who are prone to snoring because of how it can affect the airways. A good pillow can correct this problem, and we suggest that back sleepers find a fluffy pillow that can properly support the neck without raising it too high. This sleeping position can prevent wrinkles better than any other because there is no pressure on the face, so if wrinkles are a major concern of yours, we propose you try sleeping on your back.
Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position out there, and is often pronounced the most comfortable. This position is also more common among females than males. Side sleeping can alleviate snoring in a lot of people who are prone to snoring problems. This position is also ideal for those who are pregnant, because it can help with blood flow. However, this position can sometimes lead to back pain. The spine is usually curved a little in this sleeping position, and the misalignment can cause pain or a curved spine over time. Knee and hip pain is also common unless a pillow is placed between the legs while sleeping. This position can cause wrinkles because of the pressure against the face, and it can also cause sagging breasts over time. A good pillow is very important for side sleepers because the head and shoulders must be supported correctly to avoid neck and back pain.
Stomach sleeping can have adverse effects on sleep and back health even though some find it the most comfortable position. This position can cause strain on the back because it ruins the natural curve of the spine. Stomach sleepers often complain of tossing and turning during the night. This can be attributed to possible reduced blood flow to the body from pressure on the face, which can cut off circulation. Overtime, this sleeping position can also cause chronic back and neck pain. This position can help alleviate snoring, despite some of its downfalls. It can also help prevent some wrinkles. Experts at a mattress company in Minneapolis, MN, suggest that if you are an avid stomach sleeper, you learn to sleep with either no pillow at all, or a very comfortable one. This can sometimes help reduce the restlessness and tossing and turning at night which can improve sleep quality.
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