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Worst Sleeping Postures You Must Avoid
Ever wonder why you had a bad headache, back ache or neck pain when you woke up in the morning? And this pain will continue to hurt you all day long. Thank yourself for sleeping in one of the worst sleeping postures one can sleep. As much as a good sleep is necessary to maintain good health, a good sleeping position is also necessary for having a healthy body without ailments. Research has shown that your sleeping posture not only dictates your physical health condition but also your personality. It is also found that a bad sleeping posture not only leads to physical ailments, but also skin problems such as early skin aging.
Here are some of the worst sleeping postures you must avoid.
Bad position 1: Sleeping on your tummy
This position ranks top on any doctor’s list of worst sleeping positions. Sleeping on your tummy with your head to the left or right side puts immense tension on your neck, shoulders and spine. This can easily lead to dizziness, and straining of your ligaments as well as spinal joints. Sleeping on your tummy will exaggerate your spine curve. This position also affects your dental structure due to the pressure it puts on your lower jaw.
Bad position 2: Fetal Position
If you are sleeping to your side with your knees curled up towards your stomach and chin tucked into your chest, you are sleeping in a fetal position. Experts say that this is one of the least recommended positions. According to doctors, this can easily show up in the form of joint pains in the morning. This is especially bad for arthritic patients, says Dr. Olson. Doctors also say that the curved position also restricts diaphragmatic breathing. Sleeping in this position regularly also results in early age wrinkles on skin and sagging of breasts.
Bad position 3: Head and Shoulders on Pillow
This is my favorite position when we talk about bad sleeping positions. If you woke up in the morning wondering why you have such a terrible neck pain or upper back pain, it is possible that you were sleeping in this posture all night. The right way to sleep is to rest only your head and neck on the pillow and the shoulders on the bed. Placing both your neck and shoulders on the pillow causes an imbalance in the spinal curve from your neck downwards. This can easily lead to spinal misalignments and upper back pain as well as neck pain.
Bad position 4: Sleeping on your stomach with pillow under your body
Whoever told you that it is a good way to sleep, was seriously messing with your health. First of all, sleeping on your stomach itself is bad for your health. Putting a pillow below your body adds on to the negative aspects of this position. Sleeping on your tummy hurts your spinal curve. Keeping a pillow below your body may provide you initial comfort, but in reality, it is actually adding to your spinal degeneration by curving it more.
Bad position 5: Sleeping on the same side
While this may not be a really bad sleeping posture, sleeping on the same side all night long especially to your right side, reduces body oxygenation. Shifting your body position once in a while during the night helps your body maintain optimum oxygen levels and healthy blood circulation. Some doctors recommend that sleeping on your left side is healthier as optimum levels of oxygen reach the heart and lungs. However, some doctors also recommend shifting your sleeping positions during the night.
Many people follow one of these worst sleeping postures without knowledge. Now that you know what the wrong sleeping positions are, it may be a good time to correct your sleeping posture.