On average people sleep between 7-9 hours a night, this means that people spend about 25 years in life sleeping. Proper sleep is of extreme importance for our overall health. While we sleep the body revitalize and restore the lost energy.
Despite the duration, it is also important in which position we sleep as it can greatly impact our health. Since sleeping affects many aspects of the body, here is how to sleep to solve your health problems and also prevent them.
1. Digestion Trouble
The pancreas and the stomach (which make digestive enzymes) hang like slings on the left side. When you lie on the left side, the stomach and pancreas hang naturally, allowing for efficient and optimal digestion.
2. Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain the best sleeping position is on the back. With a rolled-up towel under the curve of the back. Also place a pillow under the knees.
3. Neck Pain
For such case, simply place a small rolled-up towel under the neck.
4. High Blood Pressure
In a study conducted by the Ehime University School of Medicine, researchers found that sleeping positions are essential for the blood pressure. They discovered that the best way to sleep in order to reduce the blood pressure you should sleep down on your face.
The best position to sleep while treating heartburn is on the left side.
6. Sinus Trouble
Researchers from Harvard medical school suggest that sleeping with the head elevated can prevent the mucus from pooling in your sinuses.
7. Shoulder Pain
In this case, you should sleep on the healthy shoulder with the legs bent and a pillow in between them.
8. PMS Pain
Place a pillow under the knees to stop the pain in the spine, which is a common PMS symptom.
Many times the reason for a headache is a result of a twisted neck during sleeping. You can place some pillows to sound your head.
These are some of the sleeping positions which can help tremendously when it comes to your overall health. Make sure you consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
Moreover, if you are facing difficulties to fall or stay asleep, and fail to get the needed nighttime rest, you will find the following tips very useful:
- You can wear a sleep mask and make your bedroom sleep-friendly
- Set a routine that will determine the time you go to sleep and wake up every morning
- Do not eat large meals at least 3 hours before bedtime
- Limit the consumption of alcohol
- Avoid caffeinated drinks late in the afternoon or in the evening
- Limit the use of your gadgets
- Be active during the day and exercise regularly