Your personality can be analyzed in many aspects, from physical to mental state. It can be said by just looking at how you sleep. Surprised right? This subconscious state of the human body at the most uncertain times of the day/night mirrors your inner state and says a lot about your mind, heart, and physical health. So today, we’ll be discussing the 3 common sleep positions and their health effects experienced by masses.
Types and Effects of Sleeping Positions on Health
Scientists from different parts of the world are researching and studying how the subconscious stimulus of the human body responds to a person’s conditions in waking life. And they are also trying to find how these get in sync with the health condition of the person. Many of those studies have already been charted out and been discussed by other people.
So when our sleeping positions and health conditions are linked directly to each other, based on some solid research, the following list describes the average positions preferred by a different proportion of people while sleeping:
- Stomach position: 7%
- Side position: 54%
- Back position: 38%
The 3 common sleep positions and their health effects observed in most humans are explained below in detail. (See 16 Best Types Of Mattress That Will Improve Your Sleep Quality)
1. Sleeping on the Stomach
This sleeping position might be comfortable for many people, but it does a lot of harm to human health. Sleeping your face down on the mattress can trigger fatigue and nightmares. Some effects of this one of the 3 common sleep positions and their health effects are listed below:
- First, it irregulates the flow of breathing as pillows and the mattress would form an obstruction in the breathing process. It can’t always be monitored, especially when in a deep sleep. Due to this, the heart rate drops during sleep when ample breathing is required.
- People sleeping in this position would get up still tired and sleepy after enough sleeping hours due to the same issue of limited oxygen reaching the heart compared to the time of sleeping. (Also read Why do I keep waking up in the night?)
- Sleeping on your stomach over time can result in a cervical herniated disc due to misalignment of the neck with your spine. It further causes neck pain and spine damage.
- This position is not for pregnant ladies, even in the initial stages. It would restrict the fetus’s growth and overstretch your stomach, resulting in strains or even further internal damages.
2. Sleeping on Sides
Sleeping on sides is usually the best balance of comfort and health, and this position is generally prescribed for many people with back problems. Pregnant women are advised to sleep in this position to get proper and healthy sleep for themselves and the baby.
- This position provides a good flow of oxygen throughout the body and helps release all the harmful toxins by providing space for the organs to work freely.
- The side position of sleeping also helps sleep apnea and back problems.
- Doctors also prescribe this sleep position for those who’ve and want to resolve snoring problems and lousy digestion. Snoring is a big problem for many people, who usually fail to understand. Make sure you understand it properly and consult a doctor for it. (Also read Why do people snore?)
- People who sleep on sides have a good brain work cycle and deep, healthy sleep.
- Compared to other positions, this position is best for people with gastric problems or difficulty concentrating on work during their waking lives.
- Sleeping on the sides also reduces the risk of heartburn. Also, it aligns the body posture for people having long sittings in front of computer and laptop screens, especially during this pandemic period.
3. Sleeping on the Back
The back position or the supine position is one of the best positions to boost health benefits and have a sound and soothing sleep. This will prevent you from posture pain, backaches, snoring, and all such problems. Out of the 3 common sleep positions and their health effects mentioned in this article, the back position offers these amazing advantages overall:
- This position is also very beneficial for infants.
- It regulates and develops the respiratory process and improves the nasal tract to segregate bacterial growth, which is necessary amongst the harmful ones and helps in better secretion from the upper body.
- People who follow a specific diet for bodybuilding, like the keto diet, should especially adopt this sleeping position. This position is preferred because it helps in muscle growth during sleeping hours. (See 20 Revolutionary Diet Plans to Lose Weight)
- Sleeping on your back keeps the body away from sinus problems, spine misalignment, and severe headaches caused due to tension and stress.
- For these reasons, this position is also known as a stress buster.
- Traffic and body tendencies caused due to external effects like temperature variations, traffic pollution, etc., can be reduced by this sleep position. The back position thus saves our skin from blackheads, whiteness, irritation, etc.
- This sleeping position also avoids wrinkles and acts as an element in anti-aging.
These were the 3 common sleep positions and their health effects. However, there are various other ways of sleeping: integration or a combination of the above three. We hope this article gave you some information about the effects of sleeping positions. Tell us in the comment section below your favorite position to sleep. (Also read 90 Mind Blowing Human Body Facts)