You've probably taken one of those pictures...you know the ones where your baby or toddler is fast asleep with his bum in the air. Those make for awwwww-inspiring photos, but if most of us slept like that, we'd wake up like Aladdin's Genie with "such a crick in the neck!"
The truth is that there is a lot about our sleep patterns that can affect how we feel and how our bodies perform. Recently, I talked about sleep as an Rx for healthy bodies. So when Greatist.com offered an article on the best sleep positions, I knew it would make a great follow up.
Back to sleep: If you've had a baby in the last 15 years or so, you know that doctors encourage parents to put babies on their backs for the safest sleep. The truth is that many health experts agree that sleeping on our backs is the overall best sleep position. However, if you are a heavy snorer or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may not be for you.
Move to the side: Side sleeping may be just what you need for a great night's sleep, especially if you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux. Specifically, rolling on to your left side may ease indigestion and sour stomach. Be careful about where you put your arm if you are a side sleeper; several hours of pressure on your shoulder or arm can cause nerve issues.
Can you stomach it? According to Greatist.com, tummy time for adults is one of the worst things. Sleeping on your stomach can put undue pressure on your neck or spine.
Take a minute to think about your own sleep position. If you're getting good sleep and waking up feeling good, don't fix what isn't broken. However, if you don't feel refreshed or if you feel like you've been beaten up overnight, check out the Greatist.com article and maybe try a new way to sleep.
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