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Which is a good position for sleeping

Which side of my body should I sleep on?

By Claire Jones / 18 May 2020

Sleeping positions and their effects on human body  

We all have our favourite sleep positions, one in which we feel the most comfortable. Alas very sleep position can have positive as well as negative effects on the human body. In this article, we'll learn about the sleep positions, how sleep positions affect your body and which side of the body we should sleep on.

  1. Side Sleeping - Should I sleep on the left or right side?
    Side sleeping is the most common position. Many people feel comfortable sleeping on either right or left side. But its important to find out on which side you should sleep. Some experts recommend that you should sleep on your left side as it has many health benefits. Here we'll discuss the pros and cons of choosing the left side over the right.
    Pros - According to Ayurveda, both sides of your body are different and it also works differently. It helps in reducing the gastroesophageal reflux, boosts digestion, improves blood circulation, prevents snoring, ideal for pregnant women and helps your body to remove toxins. Due to the structure of your body's internal organs, sleeping on the left side gives you these benefits.
    Cons - It may put pressure on your stomach and lungs. Also, if you do not switch the side you
    may feel numbness on your arms.
  2. Back Sleeping
    This sleeping position is not very popular. Only 8 per cent of people use this position. Let's
    discuss the pros and cons of this position.
    Pros - This is the best sleeping position. Back sleeping allows your neck, head and spine to rest in a neutral position. This means there won't be any extra pressure to those areas and you'll experience less pain. If you are suffering from neck pain, stop using a pillow while sleeping on your back. It also makes your skin look fresh in the morning.
    Cons - Despite having many benefits it is not good for everyone. If you are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your back is not a good idea. Most of the doctors recommend sleeping on the side if you suffer from sleep apnea.
  3. Stomach sleeping
    According to experts, this is the worst position of sleeping. It has more disadvantages than
    advantages.
    Pros - The only benefit of stomach sleeping is the ease in snoring.
    Cons - This the worst sleeping position, especially if you have back problem. It may cause lower back pain as it may flatten your spine alignment. If you prefer to sleep in this position try sticking a pillow under your lower abdominal to lift the bottom of spine.

Here we discussed all the pros and cons of different sleeping positions. Be aware of your body and sleep patterns while choosing for the best sleep position which suits your body.

Good luck!