The average person will spend about 1/3 of their entire life sleeping, and if your like me you never gave to much thought to what your sleeping position may mean. 95% of people sleep in the same position every single night, even if moving around will most likely end back up in the same position. Here is a list of positions and how they could be affecting your body and internal organs.
Sleeping on your back
Sleeping on your back is one a common sleep position and studies find it does have some benefits. It gives your organs more room to breathe and are not compacted more then needed. It is also suggested that ankles be elevated while sleeping on the back relieves pressure on joints. Blood is also able to flow freely to the heart. Some problems may increase for people already suffering with sleeping problems, such as sleep apnea and snoring. You should always consult with a doctor about the best sleep position if you have any of these already existing problems. Pregnant women also are not suggested to sleep on their back because chances of hemorrhoids, blood pressure decrease and less blood flow to the placenta.
Sleeping on your side
Sleeping on your side is a more preferred position then any other. Your spine is kept more align which has great
benefits for yourself and in reality, is comfortable. The semi-fetal sleep position is laying on your side with your knees partially curled up, this position is a very common form of sleeping on your side. It is said to make sure the pillow is under your head when on your side, and try to sleep on the right side because the left side will put pressure on your heart. Another problem could be the gravity from laying on your side can push the tissues of the palate that hold your tongue causing it to slide towards the back of your throat causing slower breathing or constricted airway.
Sleeping on your stomach
This position is known to be one of the worst for you, it is sometimes labeled as the “prone” position. It puts pressure on all of your internal organs, especially your gastrointestinal organs. It can also slow down your
breathing. It is also said if you sleep on your stomach, your face being pushed into the pillow or mattress can cause early signs of wrinkles which nobody would want to cause prematurely. A great way to “un-train” yourself from sleeping on your back is to sew a pocket onto the back of an old T-shirt and place a tennis ball into it. While sleeping and trying to roll over it will cause discomfort and help re-train you to not sleep on your back. It is suggested not to sleep with a pillow if sleeping on your stomach.