Many people like to sleep on their sides, in the fetal position, or sprawled across the bed. Some people prefer to sleep on their stomachs.
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If you fall into any of these categories then you may find sleep on your back uncomfortable at first. However, back sleeping happens to be a simple way to improve your health and prevent a host of ailments.
Back sleeping may seem like an inconvenient method to sleep, but it may be worth the effort.
Here are 4 reasons to consider sleeping on your back.
It Can Eliminate Back And Neck Aches
Sleeping on your back is an effortless way to keep your spine erect. In this position, your back is not under any pressure and hence is unlikely to be prone to soreness.
On the other hand, sleeping on your stomach with your head turned to one side is similar to tilting your head to one side for hours while sitting or standing. Not only does this result in soreness but it also compresses your spine.
Can Improve Breathing
When you lie on your stomach, you compress your diaphragm, leaving less room for breathing. This makes your breathing shallower and can impact your health in several ways.
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Research has shown a correlation between deep diaphragmatic breathing and reduced stress, better mood, and improved cognition.
Can Reduce Wrinkles
Sleeping on your face puts pressure on it, leading to skin irritation and wrinkles. Like the face, the neck is also vulnerable to pressure, leading to lines and wrinkles. On top of that, sleeping with your face directly on the pillow leads to the removal of skincare products on your face.
You can easily avoid all these by back sleeping.
Can Prevent Tension Headaches
If you’ve ever experienced throbbing on one side of your head or face, then it may have been due to your sleeping position the night before.
These kinds of headaches originate from the neck and cervical spine and lead to several symptoms such as the stiff neck, pain near the eyes, blurry vision, and upset stomach to name a few.
It’s best to sleep on your back to keep your neck and spine in alignment to avoid pressure and pain.
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