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Sleeping Positions: Getting it right!

Posted by Anand Rao on

Almost a third of our lives are spent sleeping on an average. This significant amount of time is often neglected and ignored by most of us. A lot of us are not aware of the need for quality sleep and the role it plays during the remaining part of our day we spend awake and productive.

A lot of us wake up without feeling adequately rested and also feel achiness throughout our body. A study reveals a majority of the people, middle age and seniors, wake up often in the mornings with some sort of achiness either in the neck or back.

A minority of people have a serious issue with the quality of sleep and this is dangerous medically if left untreated and ignored. This leads to health problems such as heart problems, stroke, etc, daytime sleepiness affecting productivity.

One of the most important factors that affect the quality of sleep is the individuals sleeping positions. This is discussed at some length below.

Sleeping on the sides: This is the most common position, generally with the individual's leg slightly pulled toward the stomach. This is the best position for attaining adequate sleep quality.

The challenge for this position is in maintaining the right level of neck position and lumbar support. Having a good mattress and pillow is crucial.

Individuals with sleeping disorders and/or excessive daytime sleepiness with aches and pains in the body on awakening need to take extra care in choosing the right sleeping mattress and pillows.

Remember "comfortable" does not always mean "correct sleeping position with pillow". Choosing a proper memory foam pillow for neck pain is crucial as is having the right mattress for lumbar support.

Sleeping on your back: This is the most difficult position to manage and the commonest reason for all the sleep problems. This sleeping position leads to snoring and bad sleep quality. Also, this position causes back and neck pain. Anti-snore devices do help for such causes. Pulling your legs towards your body by folding reduces back pain to an extent. A proper neck support pillow plays a major role in reducing aches and pains.

Sleeping on your abdomen: This position too is not good on your back. Using leg pillows is helpful but avoid using neck pillows as this will cause strain on the back.

Tips for Sleeping Positions:
- Maintaining the natural body curve from the neck to the hips is most crucial.
- Avoid saggy support mattress and extra soft cushion pillows.
- Use extra support under your pelvis or between your legs if side sleeping causes back discomfort.

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Enjoy your sleep and follow the doctor's advice to maintain proper sleep hygiene. Good Night!

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