Sleep is the key to your overall health. A healthy and sound sleep provides us with energy, strength and stamina. What’s more, it has a number of benefits, such as: restores mind and body, protects against diseases and medical conditions, increases immune system and metabolism, protects the heart, supports bone and muscle health.
If you want to get all the benefits from sleep, you should sleep about 7 to 9 hours. People who sleep less than 6 hours per night are prone to obesity. And people who sleep more than 9 hours a day can also face the problem of weight gain. In addition, your sleeping positions can also play an important role for your health.
Researchers have found that some sleeping positions can be really helpful for improving specific areas of our health; they can help you alleviate back and neck pain, get rid of a sinus infection and more. Keep reading and you will know how each sleeping position can prevent and soothe pain.
#1. Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain, your spine should be in a natural position. To alleviate or reduce back pain, you need to sleep on your back. We recommend you place a pillow under your knees to relieve tension in the lower back.
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#2. Shoulder Pain
To relieve shoulder pain, you should sleep on your good side, but not on your sore shoulder. We recommend you lie on your good side, slightly bending your legs, while you hug a pillow to your chest. You can also place a second pillow between your knees.
#3. Sinus Trouble
If you suffer from sinus, you should sleep with your head elevated. According to Harvard Medical School, “Mucus pools in your sinuses at night when your head is down, so have your head propped up during sleep.”
The right sleeping position can help you soothe headaches. So, if you suffer from headaches, you should sleep on your back with pillows surrounding the head to prevent it from turning during the night.
#5. PMS Pain
Painful periods are a real hell for most women. Luckily, you can alleviate this pain: you just need to sleep on your back, putting a pillow under your knees to keep your spine from arching too much.
#6. High Blood Pressure
A good sleeping position can help you fight with high blood pressure. A study by Ehime University School of Medicine showed that men who slept face down had low blood pressure. So, if you suffer from high blood pressure, you should sleep face down to reduce it.
#7. Digestion Trouble
Many people face some digestive problems from time to time. However, you can reduce tummy problems by sleeping on the left side. You can also place a pillow between the knees while sleeping.
#8. Neck Pain
If you suffer from neck pain, you should place a small rolled-up hand towel directly under the neck for added support. Keep the position of your head, because it should not hang or be too high.
People who suffer from heartburn should sleep on the left side on the orthopedic pillow. Just remember one thing – the right side is the wrong side.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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