There are many different sleep positions, and some people prefer one over the other. But your preferred sleep position could actually be harming you.
Sleeping on your stomach is one of the worst ways you can sleep. Stomach sleeping can hurt your back and neck. It doesn’t take an expert to know that when you’re in pain, you won’t sleep well.
Healthline explains that sleeping on your stomach puts a major strain on your spine and back because the middle of your body is where most of your weight is. “Since the spine is a pipeline for your nerves, spinal stress can cause pain just about anywhere in your body,” Healthline says. Sleeping in this position can throw your spine out of alignment.
Stomach sleeping requires turning your neck to the side in order to breathe. Sleeping in a crooked position like this for hours can cause severe neck pain that lasts into the day. This can worsen over time and lead to more serious potential health risks, like bulging and herniated discs.
The only positive aspect of stomach sleeping? It can sometimes calm snoring. But if you’re sleeping alone, who cares? And if you’re sharing your bed with someone else, they hopefully love you enough to deal with your snores by sleeping with earplugs in. So don’t let that be an excuse to keep up this bad sleeping position.
Spare yourself the pain, and switch your sleeping position. If you simply can’t get comfortable unless you’re on your stomach, place a pillow under your middle section to help prevent some of the pain. When it comes to your head pillow, discard it altogether so your neck isn’t lifted all night in an unnatural, uncomfortable position. If you must use a pillow to sleep, use a thin, soft one.
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