People are always trying to find new ways to be healthy, and that creates a lot of fads that become popular. These fads can be seen all over social media, and depending on what graphics are put together and who’s promoting them, you might have felt inclined to try a few yourself. Eating only a keto diet or going on a juice cleanse might sound like it could get your health back on track, but fads aren’t always for everyone.
There’s an easy way to promote your own health without making any changes to your time or budget, and that’s by monitoring how you sleep. How you sleep has a crucial impact on your life. Everyone knows that the amount of sleep that you get changes how you feel during the next day, but it’s so much more than that. Checking off an average of eight hours of sleep each night just begins to cover how you can use your sleep to maximize your health.
Have you ever considered what positions you sleep in? Some people are able to lay down and immediately fall asleep no matter how they’re sitting or lying, while others have to toss and turn while their brain begins to shut down for the night. Read up on how you can find the best sleep positions for your health, so you can start to feel better starting tomorrow morning.
Resting on Your Back
There are three main ways that people sleep, and resting on your back is probably the first option most people take. When you get to stretch out after a long day, there’s a special peace that can come over you that you can’t get anywhere else. Besides giving you a sense of calm, falling asleep on your back can help other ways too.
If you find yourself struggling with back pain, you can alleviate that by sleeping on your back. Roll up two towels and place one under the small of your back. The other can be rolled up and tucked under your knees. This position will help you relieve back pain so you can fall asleep without discomfort. It aligns the spine and evens out the distribution of your weight so your muscles don’t pull on your back. Does nightly acid reflux sound familiar? Sleeping on your back minimizes nighttime heartburn too!
Lying on Your Stomach
Some would argue that there’s nothing better that snuggling up in bed on your stomach, your blankets tucked around you and your face buried in your pillow. If you’re one of these people, you’ve been getting a little known health benefit all along. A recent study found that while you sleep on your stomach, your blood pressure decreases. For those who struggle with high blood pressure, this could be something you add into your routine to stay on top of your game.
One thing to note about sleeping on your stomach or any position is that you’re only going to improve your health if you have the right mattress. As Dr. Howard Levy puts it, “When you lie on any part of your body for an extended period of time, the weight of it reduces the flow of blood through blood vessels, which deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients.”
This explains how sometimes you wake up and your arm feels like it’s fallen asleep. Other parts of your body can become uncomfortable and have that same pins and needles feeling if your mattress isn’t up to date. The right mattress will reduce pressure points on your body. Head to your local mattress store to talk with an expert about the issues you face every night and what kind of mattress would be right for you.
Curling Up on Your Side
Sleeping on your side might actually give you the most health benefits. Anyone who’s gone to sleep with digestion issues has probably been told that if you sleep on your side, your stomach will quiet down. It turns out, that’s actually true! The pancreas and stomach hang on the left side of your body, so when you lie on your left side, it allows for optimal digestion.
Pregnant women will also benefit from sleeping on their side. Not only is it the most comfortable sleeping position as the trimesters come and go, it also helps your blood flow. Sleeping on your left side increases the circulation to your heart which promotes good blood flow to your uterus and kidneys. Try to sleep on your left side as much as possible, and talk with your doctor about how it can help your growing baby.
Ever find yourself frequently struggling to remember things? Your brain might need an extra boost to help it function like it should. Sleeping on your side can help that too! Sleeping on either side will help remove brain waste, especially the amyloid beta. This beta is commonly found to cause memory loss and even trigger diseases like Alzheimer’s. If you’re not sure which sleeping position would be best for you, sleeping on your side would be a good way to make sure you’re covering all your bases.
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It’s always good to have the mindset where you’re constantly trying to improve your health. There are so many ways you can do this, but it can be discouraging if you start to feel like you’ve tried everything. Diets and exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do, so why not look into the best sleep positions for your health?
Sleeping on your side or your back could improve your life. Whether you’re looking to decrease your blood pressure or help relieve pressure points, making a minor tweak to how you sleep could change everything. It’s worth trying out, especially if you feel that you’ve done everything else. A little alteration might start tomorrow off right for you, and every day after that!
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Tripping.com and more!