Are you someone who sleeps on your side all of the time? What about with your arms crossed underneath the pillow while you lay on your stomach? Sometimes when we sleep we wake up with painful necks, weird arm cricks, and may even heartburn. Here are some things you can do to alleviate some medical conditions while you are sleeping.
Acid reflux is caused when stomach acid builds up in your throat. It can cause a burning sensation and also heartburn. While reducing the amount of acid in your stomach is the best way to treat acid reflux disease you can do one trick to help keep stomach acid from encroaching on your esophagus when you are sleeping.
According to the Positional Therapy Pillow Company, you can elevate your bed from the head position so your head is a few inches above your stomach allowing gravity to do the work. You can do this by simply elevating the legs of your bed with blocks of wood or using a special pillow that keeps the spine aligned while adding comfort to your throat during the night.
Chronic Back Pain
Back pain can happen from your neck down to the base of your spine. While the cause of your pain may vary you can do things about it while you sleep. Having your neck elevated by pillows may not be the best alignment for your spine so you will want your neck down as close to the mattress as possible.
Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs to help reduce the strain of your hip muscles on your back and keep your back straighter. That way your spine stays on course from your neck to your buttocks according to Spine-Surgeon.org.
Have you ever kept your significant other up all night with loud snoring? Sometimes having a cold will also cause snoring but the really loud stuff happens when your tongue slips to the back of your mouth and air is obstructed.
An article on WebMD suggests sleeping on your side to relieve snoring. Snoring most often happens on your back when your tongue follows the laws of gravity and slips back towards your throat. Having your sleep position change to the side allows your tongue to fall into a different position leaving the airway free and clear all night. If you keep snoring, it may be a sign of another medical problem that is beyond just your normal throat muscles or alignment.
If you have any of these conditions make sure to talk to your doctor about what can be done about them. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as actual medical advice.