Are you sleeping right?
I know this sounds complicated (even weird) to answer because you’re practically unconscious during sleep.
Let’s make that easier for you.
Do you wake up with the pain of some sort?
Numbness, neck pain, sore joints muscle cramps or you notice some wrinkles on your face?
If yes, then you probably aren’t sleeping right.
Adopting the right posture during sleep has a lot more effects than just slight body pain and wrinkles.
Studies show that poor sleeping posture can attract a host of lifestyle diseases such as dementia, obesity or even heart disease.
Even more interesting is that sleeping posture can give away your personality! How? Read on to discover how to tell someone’s character and ways to prevent those diseases. And yes, you’re still reading about sleep!
Here are some sleeping positions-pros and cons.
1. Side sleepers.
This the most practiced sleeping position with 41% of adults favoring this position.
This sleeping posture has more benefits than any other sleeping position here is some benefits for sleeping on the left side.
- Sleeping on your left side enables your body to drain lymphatic fluid from your brain faster. The left side of your body is thought to be the dominant lymphatic side since almost all the lymph fluid from your brain drains into the thoracic duct in your heart ( which is undoubtedly on your left).
- Sleeping on your left side also assists your heart pump blood downstream and reduces the strain of redirecting blood back to itself as some organs on the right need only to allow blood back by gravity to the heart. Such organs include the liver, both the right kidney and lung.
- This posture also encourages proper digestion of food. When you lie on your left side, the stomach and pancreas are at the right position to work correctly on food as opposed to when you sleep on your right which stretches these organs leading to premature enzyme and bowel releases which might lead to indigestion.
- Finally, the left-sided sleep posture favors better elimination of toxic waste and optimal spleen function ( it just means you produce fresh blood faster)
This position has a negative side to it too.
A typical position while sleeping is placing your hand between your head and pillow. This results in the squished arm numbness or as it are better described painful pins in the affected area. This is due to the restriction of blood from getting to this area.
2. Back sleepers.
If you’re looking for a beauty sleep position, this is it. This posture airs out your face for the pores to breath properly. You will hardly notice wrinkles from this position unless caused by something else that is non-sleep related altogether.
This is also an excellent position to support your spine as the right (appropriate) mattress will bear the load on the spine. Flat pillows should accompany this position as thicker once tend to restrict proper breathing and might injure your neck.
The dark side of sleeping on your back is that it is associated with breathing difficulties and snoring.
Due to gravity, the tongue falls into the throat causing one to snore. Excessively loud snores might be an indication of sleep Apnoea- a condition where one is momentarily unable to breathe while asleep. This condition is highly associated with stroke and heart disease. Often doctors prescribe sleeping on the side to cure this but visiting a health facility for proper treatment is advisable.
3. Stomach sleepers.
While it’s not a well-known sleeping posture for apparent reasons, few people still opt for this method.
Maybe because it eases snoring and sleeps apnea regardless this position should be practice only when completely necessary.
This position distorts the natural curve of the spine making it straight and leading to lower back pain. Sleeping in this position with your head turned to one side has devastating effects on your neck.
Sleeping positions and personality.
A study recently conducted tested how sleeping posture affects people’s personality here is what was discovered.
- Stomach sleepers who sleep with their heads facing one side and arms wrapped around the pillow ( freefall position) are psychologically classified as sociable and easy to get along with.
- Back sleepers who place their arms straight along their body are regarded as reserved and quiet.
- Side sleepers who employ the log position fetal posture( cuddle their legs inwards) are thought to be sensitive and easy going.
- While side sleepers who stretch their arms forward are regarded as open-minded but also suspicious and cynical about new ideas.
Seeking medical and professional advice is a good idea before settling on a sleeping posture, however, Finding a posture you’re most comfortable with should be the primary aim of the search.
Don’t settle on one posture because you read about its demerits, but instead experiment new ways on different nights and take mental notes what sort of experience you had.