Sleeping in the wrong way can cause or aggravate neck or back pain. It may also obstruct the airways to your lungs, leading to problems like obstructive sleep apnea. You may have a favorite sleeping position, like sleeping on your sides, in the fetal position, or splayed out across the bed. Some are even die-hard tummy sleepers.
Sleeping on your back may be a simple, cost-effective solution to a host of ailments: from sleep issues to health woes. Back sleeping, more officially known as supine sleeping, offers a host of health benefits such as –
- Reduces Back and Neck Pain: Back sleeping helps reduce pressure on your spine. This position mimics standing up straight.
- Impoves Breathing: Back sleeping promotes slow, deep breathing which results in melatonin production, a hormone that promotes relaxation, induces sleep, and increases parasympathetic nervous system activity.
- Helps prevent lines and wrinkles, as the face is away from pulling and pinching.
- Reduces Puffiness: Lying on your back, you discourage this pooling and reduce puffiness.
- Relieves Sinus Build-up: Sleeping with your head elevated above your heart helps to relieve congestion and prevent clogging of your nasal passages.
- Prevents Tension Headaches: Back sleeping takes the pressure off of your head.
- Awake with Sunlight: When face up, you more readily notice changes in light.
Some sleeping positions are associated with well-rested sleepers. At the end of the day, the best sleeping position for you may simply be the one that leaves you feeling your best the next day.