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How Sleep Position Affects Sleep Quality?

Mind Body By Tavishi Dogra , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Apr 03, 2017
How Sleep Position Affects Sleep Quality?

Understand Sleep Studies - The body adjusts at night to find the most comfortable position for sleeping. Consult your doctor if you have problems in this natural occurence.

There are several sleeping positions! However, it depends on person to person, how do they sleep. Some like to sleep on their back while others love to lay on the stomach. But the question arises that, do you sleep all night in one single position? The way you sleep could be the explanation of how and how much you sleep, say experts.

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There isn’t really one correct way that is doctor recommended for sleep. It is widely accepted that you must not change your natural way of sleeping unless there is a medical necessity. The human body tends to unconsciously find the position that is most comfortable for it. But it is possible for certain problems like sleep apnea, snoring, headache, heartburn and back trouble to become worse because of the way you sleep.

Read: What are the various types of Sleep Studies?

Most people tend to only sleep in a particular position every night and tend to find other positions uncomfortable and even sometimes painful. Sleeping in positions other than their natural one tends to make their sleep restless and disturbing.

People tend to choose their position of sleep based on the level of comfort in breathing. If the airway in the throat becomes smaller, he sleeper tends to favour sleeping on the stomach. It is recommended that snorers and those with sleep apnea should not sleep on their backs. The recommended position for such people is on their side as it keeps their airways open. Research has shown that sleeping on the left side can help in relieving heartburn symptoms, while right-side sleeping could make them worse. Doctors have also recommended that sleeping on the left side during pregnancy helps improve circulation to the heart, which is good for both the mother and the baby.

It is very important to get adequate sleep at night, without which the body keeps feeling tired the next day, and can reduce your productivity and creativity. Therefore a good night’s sleep is very important. Your mattress can also be an important factor in determining your sleep pattern.



In the end, it is best to sleep the way you are most comfortable. If you have a problem like sleep apnea or snoring, try a different position in consultation with your doctor.

Tips

  • A good night’s sleep is very important.
  • People tend to choose their position of sleep based on the level of comfort in breathing.
  • It is best to sleep the way you are most comfortable.

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