On your back, stomach, or side, right or left? Researchers at the University of Maryland have found the ideal sleeping position.
Even if you toss and turn in your bed an average of 30 to 80 times a night, you probably have a favorite position for falling asleep. But be careful: the position in which we prefer to lie is not always the one that is best for our health.
Because a lousy lying position also has an impact on our well-being. The average seven to nine hours we spend lying down can put unnecessary strain on specific body parts. So, what is the best sleeping position?
In a TikTok video with over 16 million views, Ali Ramadan, a.k.a. Holisticali, advocates for side sleeping positions. The family medicine doctor says it’s best to sleep on the right side for people with heart failure. People with digestive problems are more comfortable on the left side.
“In this case, the stomach and gastric juices are lower than the esophagus,” Ramadan explains, adding that this can reduce heartburn and indigestion. But is that scientifically proven?
Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that every sleeping position has an impact on health or is the cause of existing health problems. Only one position is considered safe in sleep medicine.
According to the study, people who like to sleep with their arms and legs bent (like a baby) often tend to experience neck and back pain. In addition, the curled-up fetal position makes it more difficult to breathe because the body’s organs are compressed.
The study also indicates that stomach sleepers have problems with the spine. In this position, the spine’s natural curvature collapses, which can lead to tension.
It is known that sleeping on the back often leads to snoring because, in this position, the neck muscles relax. The tongue falls backwards into the throat, which narrows the airway and triggers snoring. Sleep apnea is also more common in this position.
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