For something so simple (even babies do it), sleep isn’t such an easy thing. Both too little and too much time dozing has been linked to a host of health problems, from obesity and heart disease to dementia and diabetes! Who knew? Here at Mattress For Less, your source for great mattresses in Newington, we’ve got some tips for you today on the best and worst sleeping positions.
- The pros? A lot of doctors agree that back sleeping is best! Snoozing on your back is a boom for spine and neck health, because the back is straight and not forced into any contortions. Plus back sleeping helps the mattress do its job of supporting the spine. Don’t use too many pillows in this position though as it can make breathing more difficult.
- The cons? Instances of snoring and sleep apnea are much more frequent when a person is sleeping on their back. In fact, back sleeping is so closely linked to sleep apnea that doctors prescribe side sleeping as a treatment for the condition .
- The pros? Most people are side sleepers. Doctors encourage sleeping on the left side during pregnancy because it improves circulation to the heart, which benefits both mom and baby. For those not expecting, sleeping on the left side can also ease heartburn and acid reflux, making it easier for people with these conditions to doze off.
- The cons? At the same time, sleeping on the left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs. Snuggling into bed with the arm behind the head is a common sleep position, but it may adversely affect muscles and nerves. Resting the head (or the whole body) on a single arm can restrict blood flow and press down on the nerves.
- The pros? Stomach sleeping eases snoring and some cases of sleep apnea, but that’s pretty much the only good thing about going belly-down at night.
- The cons? Resting on the tummy is widely regarded as the worst sleeping position. It flattens the natural curve of the spine, which can lead to lower back pain. Sleeping all night with the head turned to one side also strains the neck.