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Which Sleep Position Is The Healthiest?

The various sleep positionsBy Mindy Berry Walker

Swear you don’t move at all at night? Think again. While you generally spend the most time in the position you fall asleep in, even those who barely have to make their beds in the morning move two to four times an hour, which may add up to 20 or more tosses and turns a night, says Eric Olson, MD, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “That’s completely normal, and you’ll still go into deep REM sleep, the restorative kind,” he says.

Your preferred p.m. pose could be giving you back and neck pain, tummy troubles, even premature wrinkles. Discover the best positions for your body—plus the one you may want to avoid.

The best: Back position
Good for:
Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
Bad for:
Snoring
The scoop:
Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck, and spine to maintain a neutral position. You’re not forcing any extra curves into your back, says Steven Diamant, a chiropractor in New York City. It’s also ideal for fighting acid reflux, Dr. Olson says: “If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can’t come back up.”

Back-sleeping also helps prevent wrinkles, because nothing is pushing against your face, notes Dee Anna Glaser, MD, a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. And the weight of your breasts is fully supported, reducing sagginess.

Consider this:”Snoring is usually most frequent and severe when sleeping on the back,” Dr. Olson says.

Perfect pillow:One puffy one. The goal is to keep your head and neck supported without propping your head up too much.

The Second Best Sleep Position - The Side Position

Next best: Side position
Good for:
Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for:
Your skin and your breasts
The scoop:
Side-sleeping is great for overall health—it reduces snoring and keeps your spine elongated. If you suffer from acid reflux, this is the next best thing to sleeping on your back. The downside: “Sleeping on your side can cause you to get wrinkles,” Dr. Glaser says. Blame all that smushing of one side of your face into the pillow.

This pose also contributes to breast sag, since your girls are dangling downward, stretching the ligaments, says Health’s Medical Editor Roshini Rajapaksa, MD.

Consider this:If you’re pregnant, sleep on your left side. It’s ideal for blood flow.

Perfect pillow:A thick one. “You need to fill the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position,” says Ken Shannon, a physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The Not So Good Sleeping Position - Fetal Position

Not ideal: Fetal position

Good for: Snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for: Preventing neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: When you snooze with your knees pulled up high and chin tucked into your chest, you may feel it in the morning, especially if you have an arthritic back or joints, Dr. Olson says.

“This curved position also restricts diaphragmatic breathing,” adds Dody Chang, a licensed acupuncturist with the Center for Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. And if you make this your nightly pose, you may bring on premature facial wrinkles and breast sag.

Consider this: Just straighten out a bit—try not to tuck your body into an extreme curl.

Perfect pillow:
One plump pillow—the same as side position, to give your head and neck support.

The Worst Sleeping Position - Sleeping On Your Stomach
The worst: Stomach position
Good for:
Easing snoring
Bad for: Avoiding neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: “Stomach-sleeping makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position with your spine,” Shannon explains. It puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling. “Think about the soreness you’d feel if you kept your neck turned to one side for 15 minutes during the day,” Dr. Diamant explains.

In this position you have your head to one side for hours at a time. You won’t necessarily feel it the next day, but you may soon start to ache.

Consider this: Do you snore? “Stomach-sleeping may even be good for you,” Dr. Olson says. Facedown keeps your upper airways more open. So if you snore and aren’t suffering from neck or back pain, it’s fine to try sleeping on your belly.

Perfect pillow: Just one (and make it a thin one) or none at all.

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The Importance of Sleep

Importance of sleepWho would never have wished for a sound and peaceful sleep?. Well everybody do want to have a good rest every night. Sleeping is the natural process of rest observed by our body, occurring at regular intervals and necessary for the maintenance of health, it is the period of rest in which an individual loses awareness of his or her surroundings. It is when all of a person’s activity decreases and muscles relax.. Having enough sleep in a day will give you lots of benefits and not to mention starting your day in the right mood and full of energy, is our body and mind’s means to refresh and rejuvenate. Sleep may also have other benefits like improving physical and immune function, physical and cognitive performance and regulating mood. What would an individual be without sleep or even letting the body and mind without any sort of rest? an individual will feel very tired, uneasy, unable to think decisively and properly, is uneasy, lame, and goes on with a very very bad day.

There are several health benefits of sleep. Some of the major healthsleep is good for your health benefits of good sleep are as below –

1. A proper sleep is necessary for good eye sight (vision). If you do not sleep properly at night then you will have defective vision.

2. Emaciation, weakness, impotency, sterility, lack of knowledge and death may be result of poor sleep.

3. A good night sleep strengthens the presence of your mind and consciousness. It makes you feel energized and physically more alert.

4. It enhances your memory and learning capacity. Getting adequate sleep will help you remember and process things better.

5. Good sleep strengthens your immune system and makes you less prone to various illnesses.

sleep good for the immune system6. It reduces stress, tension and anxiety. A proper sleep allows your body to rest and relax. When your body lacks sleep it goes into a state of stress.

7. Good night sleep helps to lose weight. Sleep deficient individuals are more likely to be overweight or obese.

8. Good night sleep keeps your heart healthy. Lack of proper sleep has been associated with increasing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

It is certain that every individual needs to get to sleep for many reasons. As sleep is very important in our bodily process to function well. Sleeping is very important to all living things though there are disorders with regardsleep relationship good and healthy to this natural bodily process. If an individual suffers from a sleep disorder like insomnia, it is needless to worry because there are means of relieving them and get that time your really need or really wanted to sleep. If you have noticed any individual who have the right length of sleep or have the body rested long enough compared to those who hadn’t, has enough or too much energy to start the day right. That person is also very logical and can think properly to perform a task or job and has a very active mind. That person’s interpersonal ability boost up as well. And if you have any sleeping disorders please contact me to learn how you can reverse this naturally without any addictive medications with harmful side effects or invasive medical treatments.

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