Side Sleeper: What You Need To Know About Sleeping On Your Side
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Side Sleeper: What You Need To Know About Sleeping On Your Side

Side Sleeper

15
Side Sleeper: What You Need To Know About Sleeping On Your Side

Side Sleeper

 Side Sleeper: What You Need To Know About Sleeping On Your Side

Side sleeping is almost always the winner in polls about people's preferred sleeping position. Although the exact percentage may vary, side sleeping is the most popular of all three sleeping positions. Other positions include stomach and back sleeping. They tend to be significantly behind in polls.

Side sleeping is something that many people don't understand. Some people may not be aware of all the benefits, or not know that there is a right and wrong way for them to sleep on their side. There is no "User's guide to side sleeping" that everyone comes with.

The Benefits Of Side Sleeping

Side sleeping is often a better option for your physical health. Side sleeping can reduce symptoms such as acid reflux and sleep apnea. Experts say that side sleeping is safer and more comfortable during pregnancy.

Reduces Snoring And Sleep Apnea

Side sleeping is more beneficial than back sleeping. Snoring can be worsened by back sleeping. When you lie down on your back, your jaw, tongue and other soft tissues will collapse in your throat. Your airway is narrowed and breathing becomes more difficult due to the collapsed soft tissues.

How important is managing sleep apnea important? Untreated sleep apnea can be linked to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Weight gain
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Acid reflux

Although stomach sleeping may reduce snoring or sleep apnea symptoms, it can also cause breathing problems. Stomach sleepers must twist their necks to one side to breathe. This can cause misalignment of their cervical spine. Stomach sleepers who don't maintain their heads at an awkward angle will breathe straight into their mattress and pillow.

Stomach sleeping can also impact lower back posture and increase lumbar-lumbar lordosis, which is the overarching of the spine. According to experts, lumbar lordosis increases are associated with chronic and acute low back pain. Lifestyle modifications, including changing your sleeping position, can often improve this condition.

When it comes to controlling snoring or sleep apnea, side sleeping is the best position.

Aids Digestion

Side sleeping prevents stomach acid from rising. It also holds stomach contents in the right place better than stomach or back sleeping. Your stomach acid can rise in your esophagus if you are lying flat on your back or front. Gravity will prevent your stomach acid from flowing upwards by lying on your back.

Side sleeping issues can be prevented or managed by treating stomach problems such as acid reflux, or heartburn.

Eliminates Brain Toxins

The lymphatic system is a waste system in our bodies. It helps to eliminate waste from the brain and can also deliver compounds like glucose, lipids, and neurotransmitters.

Have you ever heard of the lymphatic systems? It's possible that it was only recently discovered by researchers. There's still much to learn.

Scientists have found one thing about the glymphatic systems. The effectiveness of the lymphatic system can be affected by your sleeping position. It works more efficiently if you sleep on your side, rather than on your back

Why is it so important that the glymphatic systems work at their peak efficiency? Scientists believe that the glymphatic system's waste disposal function could play a crucial role in preventing neurodegenerative disorders. One example is the accumulation of proteins in the brain that causes Alzheimer's disease.

What Does A Side Sleeper Need?

Side sleepers require the right tools to get a good night of sleep. Side sleeping is possible with the help of a cushion that conforms to the body. Side sleepers need pillows that conform to their heads and support their necks.

Side sleepers don't have to buy everything. Many side sleepers can create a morning routine that leaves them feeling energized and ready for the day ahead.

How To Choose The Best Mattress

There is no perfect mattress for side sleepers. Side sleepers may prefer a soft mattress to sink into while others prefer a spring mattress with a medium feel.

Memory foam mattresses are great for side sleepers. Memory foam mattresses are great for pressure relief. They conform to the body and support its curves. Side sleeping with a memory foam mattress can give you a restful night.

Side sleepers who prefer memory foam, but want a sustainable option for their bed, may choose latex mattresses. Other materials such as organic cotton, wool, and upcycled wires are often used in natural latex mattresses. There are lots of best beds on the market.

Side sleepers who prefer to avoid sinkage and sweats will find latex cooler than memory foam. Adjustable Beds For Seniors are the best option if you're looking for a senior-friendly bed option.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

College as Told by The Lord of the Rings Memes

One does not simply pass this article.

792
Zastavki

College as told by the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit memes. Everyone will be Tolkien about it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

A Tribute To The Lonely Hispanic

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to share a few thoughts about being Hispanic in a country where it’s hard to be Hispanic.

1088
Veronika Maldonado

Just a little background information; my dad was born in Mexico, came to the U.S. as a newborn and became a citizen when he was 25 years old. My mom was born and raised in the U.S. as were my grandparents and great grandparents, but my great-great grandparents did migrate here from Mexico. I am proud to classify myself as Hispanic but there are times when I feel like I’m living a double life and I don’t fit into either one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Dear College Football

It's not you, it's me.

1617
google

Dear College Football,

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Hurricane Preparedness

In Louisiana and many other states, it is important to have a hurricane plan

2079
Munger Construction

With hurricane season, it's always best to be prepared for it. It means having a plan for your family and home. Everyone in Louisiana should know the basics of preparing for hurricane season.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

An Atlanta Weekend

A New Yorker's quick weekend in Atlanta.

2417
JMackeazy

On a weekend visit to Atlanta, I had to adjust to people being personable and congenial to me. Although I had lived in the South before, I had to get reacquainted with southern hospitality due to visiting from Brooklyn. Atlanta Uber drivers are very down to earth, offer snacks, and provide great genuine conversations. The opposite is the lay of the land from Brooklyn Uber drivers. The southern hospitality is provided not only from the Uber drivers, but restaurant servers, cashiers, or random people giving suggestions. Brooklyn is a dope and unique place to live, but short on the warmth more often than not.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments