Want To Get Rid of Pains and Aches in Sleep?? Then try these sleeping positions
Got Aches and Pains? Try These Sleep Positions
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Getting a good night’s sleep was very difficult before my shoulder surgery. During the night when I adjusted my position towards my sore shoulder it would wake me up. No one should see 3:30 AM as often as I did.
The three main sleeping positions; side, stomach and back all have variations depending on the sleeper with some positions being better than others depending on your health. Where we start and where we finish are not necessarily the same. Videotaped sleep studies show adults changing positions an average of 12 times per night with the tendency to shift decreasing as we age.
Most experts agree that side sleeping gives us the best chance of having a comfortable, uninterrupted sleep. “The relaxed fetal position”; on your side, knees bent slightly up toward the chest and arms folded (My hero Dr. Oz calls this Sleeping Beauty) is the sleep position experts say is the healthiest. Dr. Oz suggests a head pillow of moderate height and stretching your arms out in front of you.
Sleeping on your back is one of the most comfortable positions for those with back pain. Maintaining a neutral position, with spine aligned as if standing straight is helpful (some call this position“the soldier”). Putting a soft pillow or rolled towel under the knees and another under the low back will help facilitate the natural curve of the spine.
Those who sleep on their stomach, head turned to the side and arms wrapped around their pillow may be in for trouble as experts say this position causes strain on the low back, the neck, and exerts unnecessary pressure on the breasts. This position is not recommended but for those who must consider not using a head pillow or raising one side slightly with a body pillow.
Always sleeping in the same position can compress our body on one side and stretch the other leading to an imbalance over time. It can create pain and cause us to feel stiff when we wake up. At night it is important to rest the muscles to recover from the day’s stresses.
If you or those you care for have any health issues, try these sleep positions:
-My painful shoulder necessitated that I sleep on my back with a pillow under the shoulder or, rolling to my “good” side and hugging a pillow.
-The bad news about back sleeping is it can cause the tongue to fall inward and block the breathing tube, leading to snoring (the husband claims I started to snore since needing to sleep on my back-I deny this).
- If side sleeping, placing a pillow between your knees will alleviate pressure on the hips and back.
-Obstructive sleep apnea, which can be life threatening, is helped by changing the sleep position from back to the side.
-Neck pain sufferers should avoid stomach sleeping. Sleep on your side or back with a pillow placed above your shoulders supporting your neck so there is no open space between your neck and the bed.
-Prop up the head of the bed if you have acid refl
-Infants should be placed on their back to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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