The poses in which we sleep at night affect the quality of our sleep. Some of them can relax the body and muscles completely, relieve tension, provide full recovery. Others will interfere with the normal blood supply of limbs and the brain. So in what poses is it better to sleep, and in what positions is it not worth it?
What affects our sleep?
An unequivocal leader according to statistical surveys is the pose on the side during sleep. However, it is not the best from the medical point of view. But the universal position for all simply does not exist. For example, those who have a short enough neck, it is recommended to sleep on their side and on a low pillow to avoid the risk of apnea (stopping breathing during sleep). Those who constantly stoop and has problems with posture, it is better to sleep on the back, so that the spine relaxes to the maximum. Although, to be more objective, the quality of sleep will be affected not only by the position of the body, but also by many other factors - a comfortable mattress and bed size, the absence of irritating factors, the time and duration of sleep, etc. Modern scientists say that sleep is needed from 7 to 9 hours, no less. It is advisable to fall asleep in the dark to fully sleep - so work biorhythms of all life on Earth. But if you do not have time for a full sleep, it's worth at least get enough sleep, no matter how many hours you set it apart. Therefore, we consider each position, its advantages and disadvantages.
- On the side As we said above, the position of the body on the side during sleep is one of the most common. He has many variations, each sleeps as it is most convenient for him in terms of the features of the structure of the body. For example, women during pregnancy can not sleep in any other position, except on their side. Most often people fall asleep, taking the so-called "position of the embryo" - it is most comfortable, relieves stress (including nervous), does not cause pain in the back and cervical region. Sleep on the side also does not provoke snoring, and if you sleep on your left side, then the circulation and work of the heart improves. From the shortcomings, it can be noted that sleep on the side makes breathing difficult. That is, because the lungs are compressed, not straightened, it will not be deep. Also, there may be significant pressure on the internal organs - the stomach, intestines, liver and kidneys. If you sleep on the right side, and not on the left, this situation can also cause heartburn due to pressure on the liver. And if you are accustomed to putting one hand under your head, it may wind up.
- On the back From a medical point of view, this position is the most useful for our full sleep and health. First, it unloads the spine, allows it to relax as much as possible, especially if you have an orthopedic mattress. Do not create a load on the cervical region, why the brain is evenly and constantly supplied with oxygen. Sleep in a position on the back is very strong and deep, and after it you feel really asleep. And this position is recommended by cosmetologists, since the pillow does not come in contact with the face, and wrinkles are not formed. There are also disadvantages for the position on the back, but there are not many of them. One of the main things is snoring. First, the lungs are straightened, which means that breathing is deeper. Secondly, when the head on the pillow lies on the back of the head, the tongue gets to the beginning of the airways, which causes extraneous sounds during each inhalation. You can avoid this by changing the posture during sleep (which everyone does) or buying yourself a flat pillow that will not provoke the slipping of the tongue.
- On the stomach But this position is considered the most dangerous on the impact on our health. Although, to tell the truth, she is in second place in popularity after position on her side. Only after sleeping on the stomach is a dream on the back - the most useful position. There are only two advantages here: absence of snoring (which is also true for the position on the side), as well as a significant decrease in the manifestation of apnea. Apnea is an involuntary stopping of breathing in a dream due to the cessation of respiratory activity. But the minuses here are much more than the two previous poses. This and the early manifestation of wrinkles from the constant contact of the skin of the face with a pillow, and puffiness on the one hand - the one that touches the bed, and the curvature of the neck, because the head is turned. The spine is without support during sleep on the abdomen, and therefore can not fully relax, and still presses on the internal organs. Problems with posture, constant pain in the back and neck, lack of full eruption - all this provokes the position of sleep on the stomach.