Revealed: the best and worst sleeping position for your body and health – and why you should consider throwing away your pillow when resting on your stomach
- New research has revealed the most preferred sleeping position of Australians
- An expert says that your posture while sleeping affects mental and physical health
- He ranks every position from which the best is considered to be the worst
Getting a refreshing sleep is not just an early night, the position you are sleeping in can also have a significant effect on your health.
New research commissioned by bed specialists Ecosa observing the sleeping habits of 4,500 Australians who discovered that nearly 50 percent slept in a way that caused health problems.
The research also showed that certain positions affected the body negatively, some also affected the overall quality of a person's sleep.
Ringo Chan, CEO of Ecosa, has ranked the five sleep modes from best to worst – and revealed what you can do to break bad habits.
Sleeping by your side was revealed as the most popular position among those who took part in the survey
What is sleep apnea?
* Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
* If you snore loudly and are tired even after a full night's sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
1. Side position
According to 55 percent of Australians who participated in the questionnaire, side-sleeping has a preferred position.
And it is one, said Mr. Chan also proved the best for optimum health.
Side sleeping helps open the airways and is a position that many people find comfortable and easy to settle in, "he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; It is also safest for pregnant women and can help reduce snoring for people with sleep apnea. & # 39;
2. Freestyle position
Data from the study showed that freestyle sleeping, a way of sleeping that is not recorded in one position, is the second most popular with 23 percent.
Chan said that while freestyle sleepers move a little at night, this was good for blood circulation and nutrient distribution.
He added that freestyle sleepers & # 39; wake up faster in the morning because their joints & # 39; do not become stiff at night.
What can you do to change your sleeping position?
Ringo Chan, CEO of Ecosa, has ranked the five sleeping positions from best to worst
Depending on the natural curvature of your spine, a pillow under your knees can help you transition to a back sleep position.
If you are a side sleeper, you can balance your hips if you put a pillow between your knees while lying on your side.
Investing in a supportive, firm mattress can also help you in the transition to a new sleeping position.
If your mattress is too soft or sagging with age, you can compensate for this by sleeping in positions that endanger your spine.
Source: Ringo Chan, CEO of Ecosa
3. Rear position
Sleeping again ranked as the third most popular position with 15 percent of respondents who say it was their favorite sleeping style.
Although fewer people said they enjoyed this position, Mr. Chan said he rated it as a feature that is best for your back.
Although sleeping in the back can help with posture by keeping your spine in line, it can also increase snoring and increase sleep apnea
& # 39; Lying on a firm mattress on your back is by far the best way to keep your spine aligned and prevent unnecessary pressure on your lower back, hips, and knees.
He said that while the position comes with edges, it is worth mentioning that sleeping on your back can increase snoring and sleep apnea.
4. Stomach position
Data showed that only 6.7 percent of the study participants admitted they were sleeping on their stomachs.
Healthline reports that sleeping on your stomach has some benefits, including reducing snoring and reducing sleep apnea.
Sleeping on your stomach has some benefits, including reducing snoring and reducing sleep apnea
However, it is also stressful for your back and neck: the position can cause pain, headache and poor posture.
& # 39; If you sleep on your stomach, the height of your pillow is crucial to the health of your neck, & # 39; said Chan.
& # 39; In general, a very low pillow or no pillow at all is recommended for belly sleepers, because the standard height of a pillow raises your neck too high.
5. Fetal position
Although this position was not assessed in the survey, it is one that many will be familiar with.
This style owes its name to the most similar to how a child could sleep that is on their side with these legs rolled up under them.
& # 39; The fetal position is a popular sleeping position for many, & # 39; said Mr. Chan, & # 39; and can be a comfortable way to protect your spine and keep snoring away. & # 39;
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