Sleep on Your Back or Side What’s Best for You?

North American adults are in pain. A 2015 study from the National Institutes of Health showed that 25 million adults cope with chronic pain every day. While everyone’s suffering is different—there are as many sources of pain as people—for many, how you sleep plays a crucial role. Many people purchase a supportive mattress and pliable pillow, but I still feel sore and stiff in the morning. According to the experts, it might be time to change sleeping position. Most sleep on their sides, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While many of them presumably do it without pain, this is not the best way to sleep. It can cause shoulder and hip pain and aggravate heartburn especially if you sleep on your right side.. Sleeping on the left however, seems to keep the trap door between the throat and stomach shut, so leftie sleepers are less likely to feel the burn. Only eight percent of people sleep on their backs. If you’re naturally one of them, count your lucky sheep. Back sleeping is the best option for pain management, as it allows your body to rest in a neutral position, which is great for reducing aches. It also cuts down on heartburn, as it keeps your head elevated above your chest. On the other side of the coin, it’s not great for snorers. Back sleeping can cause sleep apnea or exacerbate existing cases of the disorder. So if you’re prone to this problem, or find yourself suddenly suffering from new symptoms while lying on your back, then this isn’t the pose for you…….Ed
Source: Eleanor Cummins / Photo:consumerhealthdigest

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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