Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, said our forefathers.
We spend 33% of our lives sleeping. But many people have unhealthy sleeping patterns,which have negative effects on their health such as high stress, low concentration levels and a general sense of dissatisfaction throughout the day.
A good night’s sleep is no easy task. Both too little and too much of sleep has been linked to a host of health problems, ranging from obesity to heart diseases to dementia and diabetes. Sleep positions can also play a role in snoring, heartburn and wrinkles.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
When our body is asleep, it is a in a heightened anabolism state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenating the immune,nervous,skeletal and muscular systems.
Few of the most preferred sleeping positions are:
1. Supine position
Types – Starfish position, Soldier position
Sleeping on our back makes it easier for our head, neck, and spine to align and keep it in a neutral position. No extra pressure or curves are being added to the back.
Lie flat on your back with your arms by your sides and your legs out straight. Make sure you use a low pillow. High or multiple pillows can compromise neck alignment no matter how you position your body.
This can result in neck, shoulder and back pain, as well as headaches and potentially migraines.
2. Side lying position
Types – Fetus position, Log position, Yearner position
One of the best things to do is sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. Sleeping on your side is beneficial for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, prone to general snoring, neck and back pain, and for those pregnant.
Research suggests sleeping on the left side can relieve heartburn symptoms, while right-side sleeping makes them worse. Sleeping on the left side is also recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart.
Back sleeping is a no-no for snorers and those with sleep apnea; side sleeping is best because it helps keep your airways open.
Thus, for a refreshed morning and day, your night has to be as comfortable and healthy. Sleep well. Happy sleeping!