Healthy

Are You A Side Sleeper?

Studies have shown that there is more to how well you rest and sleep at night than how dark the room is or what type of background sounds you use.  The position you rest in has a great deal to do with how well your body is able to rest and relax.

Each person has their favorite position to sleep in, but it seems side sleeping is the most common of positions.  It is recommended that if you are pregnant or are prone to snoring or sleep apnea, that you might consider becoming a side sleeper.

Side sleeping doesn’t come without its downfalls.  Those who choose to sleep on their sides will usually find themselves tossing and turning more at night than say back sleepers.  The individuals will also suffer from frequent shoulder, neck and back pain.  Side sleeping has even shown to cause more than the usual amount of wrinkles.

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When sleeping on one’s side, the most important thing to remember is spinal alignment.  When you sleep with your spine in an unnatural or bent position, you are putting undue strain on it.  This strain, similar to when you set for a long time, will most often cause soreness and stiffness.

The key to sleeping on your side is to make sure you have a mattress that supports both your neck and your waist.  The main reason for this is that when you sleep your ligaments and muscles in your back take this time to heal themselves from the days use.

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Another important area to remember is making sure you have the proper pillows to achieve adequate rest.  Pillows are for more than resting your head.  They can help to keep the natural curve of your neck.  A good rule of thumb to remember for adequate rest is that your ear, shoulder, and hips should all be aligned.