Revealed: The sleeping position most harmful to your health

The way you sleep has long-term effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

Revealed: The sleeping position most harmful to your health

The way you sleep not only affects the quality of your sleep but also has long-term effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

So, which sleeping position is the best for your health?

Many sleep experts say that sleeping on your back with your neck, head and upper chest slightly elevated is the best position for a restful night.

Others claim that sleeping on your side is best, with a supportive pillow for your head and one down the side of your body.

“From a structural, neurological and muscular perspective, as well as for your airway it is kinder to the body,” says author of A Life Less Stressed, Dr Ron Ehrlich.

“It also happens to be better for digestion, particularly lying on the left side, considering where the oesophagus enters the stomach.”

While stomach sleeping has long been considered the worst sleeping posture, as it strains your head, neck and jaw muscles, puts pressure on your lower back and pelvis, and restricts your ability to breathe properly during the night, sleep coach Elina Winnel believes that sleeping curled up in a foetal position is the position we should avoid.

“What we may not realise is that we are putting our body into a fight or flight posture,” she said.

“If we go to sleep in this position, we may be signalling to our nervous system that we are in fight or flight, and that it is not safe to go to sleep.”

Ms Winnel recommends sleeping in an open posture, as it helps to open up your lungs and allows you to breathe easier at night, with less strain and pressure on the rest of your body.

Read more at www.msn.com

Which position do you think is best? No matter how much advice you receive on sleep and sleeping positions, do you find yourself sticking to your sleep habits?

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    tisme
    21st Jun 2018
    10:44am
    on the side with a pillow or some such under the knees
    Anonymous
    21st Jun 2018
    1:19pm
    Better yet - between the knees.
    VicCherikoff
    21st Jun 2018
    11:03am
    At the wheel while driving is definitely not recommended.
    MICK
    21st Jun 2018
    11:04am
    Leon: unusual for you to do this sort of story. Good one.

    Realistically people turn and sleep in all positions. As far as pulling the knees up and sleeping in the fetal position I would think that this would cut off your circulation and not be good for you over a period of time. Often wondered if that was how people, mainly women, got varicose veins but not sure.
    Pushkin2
    21st Jun 2018
    12:51pm
    Whichever position is most comfortable and helps you sleep is best. Have spent nights in hospital where the only position possible was on my back and I never got a good night's rest. Of course the constant ward noise and interruptions didn't help!
    Gammer
    21st Jun 2018
    1:25pm
    50 years ago (I was 20 years old) I had a corneal graft and had to lay on my back 24 hours a day for four weeks (not allowed to move around at all). My most vivid memory is the excruciating back pain I suffered as a result of this. To this day I never, ever lie on my back to sleep, always on my side....
    Anonymous
    21st Jun 2018
    2:15pm
    I always sleep on my side...lying on back allnight (for me)is impossible.
    Arisaid
    21st Jun 2018
    4:22pm
    What my body does when it sleeps is none of my business.
    shirboy
    13th Jul 2018
    12:02pm
    I sleep on either side as I turn many times during sleep.


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