Are you a side sleeper who curls into a ball or someone who sprawls out and takes up most of the bed? According to the experts, there is one sleeping position that is superior to the rest – sleeping on your back. Continue reading to learn more about how this position may help resolve your sleep troubles and health problems.
Supine sleeping is the technical term for sleeping on your back. In addition to being recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the preferred way for babies to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), supine sleeping is good for adults.
Adults who sleep may experience several benefits.
Reduces Back Pain
According to a 2019 review article published in BMJ Open, a peer-reviewed open access medical journal, side sleeping is associated with less spinal pain than adults who sleep on their stomach. This may be because sleeping on your back mimics your body’s position when standing up straight.
Your diaphragm is the muscle responsible for breathing. When it is compressed, which occurs when you sleep on your stomach or side, your breathing becomes shallower.
Prevents Wrinkles and Skin Irritation
Dermatologists have long preached the best way to keep your skin clear is to stop touching your face. This includes while you sleep. Your pillowcases absorb sebum, the oil produced by your skin, as well as any dirt, debris or products left on your face overnight. These can be easily transferred to your skin while you are sleeping, leading to irritation, redness, blackheads and whiteheads.
Sleeping with your face on a pillowcase can also pinch and pull your skin. This friction can lead to the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
Relieves Sinus Pressure
When sleeping with your head down or turned to the side, mucus can pool in your sinuses and cause sinus pressure. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated on a pillow can help prevent a buildup in your nasal passages and help relieve congestion.
Ready to Try Sleeping on Your Back?
You don’t need to take a trip to Mattress Today to purchase an expensive mattress to get a better night’s sleep. To see if supine sleeping is right for you, all you’ll need are a few pillows and a rolled-up towel. Place the rolled-up towel under your lower back and a pillow under your knees; this helps to support the curved areas of your body and eliminates pressure on your back.
To learn more about the benefits of sleeping on your back or to schedule an appointment with a sleep expert, contact SW Idaho ENT today.