You know those tests that tell you which character type you are by the position you prefer to sleep in? I wish they also explained that not all of them are good for you. Sleeping on your stomach, tummy, belly, abdomen, gut, the front of your back etc. is comfortable for sure, but it’s also bad for your health, and sometimes – even dangerous.
For example, if a person has problems with their heart, sleeping on their stomach adds extra stress on it, causing an excessive heart rate and a rise of arterial pressure. For people who have bad cholesterol, and whose arteries are potentially blocked with plaque, this position can also be dangerous. And what about the face? When you wake up after sleeping a whole night on your tummy and look in the mirror… yes, all the creases on the bedsheet are imprinted on your cheeks and forehead…
- For people who have bad cholesterol, and whose arteries are potentially blocked with plaque, this position can be dangerous. The brain can be left without oxygen altogether, and that’s no joke.
- You wouldn’t get enough oxygen throughout your body, and would feel tired and groggy in the morning.
- The organs that lay around our stomach will stop doing their job properly over time, and it’s not a very good trade off to sacrifice your health for the sake of your comfort.
- With time, wrinkles left from sleeping turn into permanent ones, especially on the cheeks and around the nose. You can also develop signs of aging on the neck and chest area, and they’re very hard to get rid of.
- In the area around the neck and shoulders, movement is restricted, and blood vessels and nerve-endings are constricted, which can lead to irreparable damage.
- In this position you can cause the joints of knees, elbows and feet to twist in awkward ways, causing strain and soreness.
- It’s an unnatural position for your spine, putting too much pressure on the middle of your back and causing it to be stiff and achy in the morning.
- If a person has problems with their heart, sleeping on their stomach adds extra stress on it, causing an excessive heart rate and a rise of arterial pressure.
- Sometimes it can be good to lie on your tummy if your back or shoulders are tired after sitting in front of a computer with bad posture. But it’s enough to lie down for a while and have a rest.
- Sleeping on your back with your feet on a pillow is best if you have problems with your back bone. It’s also the best beauty sleep: fewer wrinkles appear and your face won’t be as puffy.
- Sleeping on your left side lessens the symptoms of reflux; you’ll feel less nausea, and less discomfort.
- Sleeping on the right side is good for blood pressure and lowers the risk of Alzheimer, but is strictly forbidden for pregnant women in the 3d trimester, because it can lead to problems with the development of the fetus.
- In fact, for most people, it’s good to change body positions during the night and sleep both on your back and on different sides.