How you sleep and in what position can have an effect upon your internal organs. Sleeping on your back, stomach, and sides all makes your internal workings come to rest in different positions. Next time you wake up with an achy feeling in your chest or abdomen consider what position in which you sleep. Here is a guide to sleeping for better internal organ placement.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back is comfortable for a lot of people but sleeping in this position can put strain on your lungs. If you sleep on your back, according to Terri Trespicio of Body + Soul magazine, you should sleep without a pillow under your head to prevent not only back strain but also to give your lungs a break.
Sleeping with thick pillows under your head can restrict your airway and make breathing more labored. If your breathing is more labored it puts more strain on your abdominal muscles and your neck. Sleeping on your back without a pillow is considered to be good for your posture and preventing aches and pains.
On Your Stomach
A 2004 study by the American Heart Association revealed that men who sleep on their stomachs can reduce high blood pressure and therefore help their heart health. In some cases, men’s systolic blood pressure dropped dramatically when they slept on their stomachs instead of on their backs.
Researchers also concluded that sleep positions may cause some cardiovascular events at night. More research will be ongoing.
Positioning your head upward six inches may reduce acid reflux and heartburn while you are asleep. Keeping your head raised helps prevent acid from creeping into your esophagus from your stomach.
In order to do this, according to the National Institutes of Health, raise the legs of your bed using bricks or pillows. Do not use extra pillows. Keeping your head six inches higher than the stomach is best achieved without bending the neck.
Sleep apnea is a condition where the airway is blocked in the midst of sleeping either by the tongue or internal pressure on the throat. Breathing becomes labored and commonly sufferers are wakened when breathing becomes too hard.Several suggestions for sleeping positions to aid in preventing sleep apnea have been presented on the American Sleep Apnea Association’s website.
Sleeping on the back may be a cause of restricted airflow as the tongue or even tonsils can close the airway. Elevate the back slightly above the waist to help reduce the chances of collapsing the airway. Propping up the head with extra pillows does not generally help.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. Any recommendation for your sleep cycle should be administered by your doctor or sleep specialist.