Everyone sleeps differently
Considering we are different and unique, it comes as no surprise that each of us also has a different preference when it comes to a good night’s rest. Not only is there a wide variety of bed types available, but there are also various individual sleeping positions. Some prefer to sleep on their backs, some sleep on their stomachs, while others sleep on their sides with their legs bent. What many people don’t know is that sleeping positions say a lot about your health and our body does not prefer a certain position without some very good reasons!
Humans spend around a third of their lives asleep, which is why it’s key how we spend this important time of regeneration!
Just like a battery, sleep is recharging us and gives us fresh energy. Our bodies also get rid of waste during our sleep, while certain toxins are removed. Sleep also has very important psychological benefits as lack of sleep hurts our brain’s ability to concentrate and process information. Sleeping also helps us fight illnesses and resets our emotions. Even though we rarely think about all the benefits sleeping has, its importance can not be doubted. Optimizing our sleeping positions can help us maximize the beneficial aspects of a good night’s rest, as well as help us avoid physical discomfort.
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Even though everyone has an individual position, we can define three general types of sleeping positions: people are either lying on their stomachs, their backs, or on their sides. Each of these sleeping positions has physical benefits and disadvantages.
Sleeping on your back is generally very healthy for your spine and also helps your skin. The most important drawback however is, that sleeping on your back can cause snoring. If you are a person that tends to snore you might want to think about sleeping in a different position so your family members can get some sleep as well! Sleeping on the side is the most popular choice but comes with its own set of pros and cons. This position’s main advantage is the improved circulation and digestive function of your gastrointestinal tract. It also helps pregnant women. The main downside is that your weight is not evenly distributed, which might cause pain in your legs and arms. Sleeping on your stomach helps with snoring and generally benefits your breathing, which might be helpful in case you are ill. Unfortunately, this position also tends to cause pain and tension in your neck area and might also be harmful to your spine.