Before you begin searching for a new mattress or a mattress company in St. Louis Park, MN, there are a number of things to consider. Here, we are going to focus on the health risks and benefits of different sleeping position. Educating yourself on these facts assist you as you begin your search for the perfect mattress. Your sleep position will give experienced mattress store staff an idea of where you may need more support or whether you should buy a mattress can improve the way you sleep. Below are 4 sleeping positions along with their health benefits and risks.
This position is perhaps one of the worst sleeping positions, because it is very straining on the back and neck. It can restrict breathing and potentially make you more prone to sleep apnea. Oddly enough however, it is a great position to eliminate snoring. It is also a great way to fall asleep quickly and deeply and is a favorite among pregnant women.
Sleeping face down means that you are most likely turning your neck to one side. This is ultimately hard on the neck. Stomach sleeping can also cause back pain due to the fact that the curve of the spine is unsupported. For this reason, experts do not recommend sleeping in this position. However, this position can help reduce snoring and some cases of sleep apnea. If you have back or neck problems and sleep on your stomach, try using pillows to train your body to sleep on your side instead of your stomach
Sleeping on the side seems to be the best position for reducing snoring. Sleeping with both arms down is a great support for the spine, as it supports the natural curve. Side sleeping reduces back and neck pain significantly while also reducing sleep apnea. Unfortunately, it’s probably the worst position for your skin because gravity takes over. Sleeping on your side contributes to skin aging faster, including sagging breasts. The shoulders of side sleepers are prone to pain. Stiff and sore shoulders can be a result of sleeping on the side and staying in the same position for a significant period of time. There are different health consequences for sleeping on the right versus the left side. Sleeping on the right side can actually contribute to heartburn. While sleeping on the left side can strain internal organs like the liver, lungs and stomach and can actually minimize reflux. Pregnant woman are encouraged to sleep on the left side, as it improves blood flow to the baby.
This is the best position for the neck, shoulders, and back. Not only are the ligaments and muscles relaxed and not in strange positions, but the mattress can properly do the job it’s meant to by supporting the spine. Sleeping on your back with few or no pillows is ideal. Experts recommend this position to help with neck and back pain. Back sleeping is also best for your skin. It reduces wrinkles and blemishes and keeps the skin clean and fresh. While it’s perfect for the muscles, joints, and skin, it is the worst position to sleep in if you suffer from sleep apnea or if you snore. Adding pillows can make it more difficult for sleepers to breath as gravity causes the tongue to collapse into the airway resulting in an obstruction that causes snoring.
Using the right mattress along with a pillow to maximize comfort in any position can significantly improve your comfort and result in a better night’s sleep. Whether you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper, placing a pillow between your legs, under the arch of your back, or under your hips, will ensure that your body is properly supported while you’re sleeping.
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