It turns out that side, stomach, and back sleepers are unknowingly doing themselves damage…
In this article, we are going to explain why each of these positions can be harmful and why you should try to change your sleeping style (if you are suffering).
Sleeping on your back gives the highest likeliness of snoring and sleep apnea. In fact, doctors often advise sleep apnea patients to try and sleep on their sides as a treatment. Gravity forces the base of the tongue to fall into the airway, obstructing breathing and encouraging those awful snoring sounds.
A separate study also found out that there is a correlation between people who spend a lot of time sleeping on their back, and people who suffer from poor quality sleep.
While some doctors may recommend side sleeping as a treatment for sleep apnea, other doctors believe that side sleeping is linked to other conditions. Sleeping on your left puts unwanted pressure on the stomach and lungs, and is linked to numbness (pins and needles). Sleeping this way is also linked to muscle and nerve damage, especially when the head uses the arm as support. This puts pressure on your shoulders, causing neck pains too.
Bad news if you’re a stomach sleeper, this is assumed to be the worst sleeping position for your health. The are several reasons for this, but one is that by sleeping on your front, the natural curve of the spine is flattened, causing lower back pains. If you sleep on your front, your head is at a 90-degree angle from your body, causing strain on the neck and shoulders. The best way to train yourself out of this sleeping position is to place a pillow under your hips to try and create a bit of spinal curvature.
One final piece of bad news
Knowing that all three positions have their drawbacks, you can simply continue to sleep in the way that is most comfortable to you. If you’re having troubles with sleep-related pains, see a doctor right away.