Sleeping tips for a side sleeper.
Everyone has different sleeping positions that suit them and their personalities. Some sleep on their backs, some sleep in their stomachs, some sleep curled up in a fetus position whilst others sleep on their sides. It is commonly recommended to sleep on your back for better quality sleep, with other benefits such as preventing premature wrinkling however, it is hard for some people to stick or fall asleep in this position. All sleeping positions have pros and cons, depending on what’s important to you will determine what sleeping position you so aim to sleep in.
Sleeping on your side has some benefits such as:
- Minimized snoring and sleep apnea
- Lessening the pressure on your stomach and digestive tract
- Reducing gastrointestinal problems like constipation, heartburn, bloating, and acid reflux
Here are some tips for a side sleeper.
Picking a supportive pillow for you
If you are a side sleeper then is it important to pick a pillow that is able to support your head and neck. Picking a pillow maybe harder than you think, picking a pillow that is perfect for you has to be at an accurate height, has to have the correct amount of firmness and be placed in a position that decreases the chances of you getting jaw, neck, and shoulder pain. t is very important to get a pillow that lifts your head slightly enough to the point where your back and neck are aligned. If you are a side sleeper and your pillow is too soft or not firm enough then it will mean that your head and neck will fall closer to your shoulders, making it uncomfortable as you are bending your neck for hours at a time causing neck pain.
Sleep with a pillow between your knees
It is possible that if you sleep on your side that your upper leg can pull or put pressure on your spine causing it to no longer be aligned. If you sleep on your side, it is also possible that both your hips and lower back feel some pressure because, of your sleeping positions as well, so if you so sleep on your side to avoid these issues it is recommended to sleep with a pillow between your knees.
Sleep on your left side
If you sleep on your right side then you may want to start to try and sleep on your left side instead as sleeping on your right-side affects the amount of pressure that is put on your internal organs. Sleeping on your side often means that you have a healthier blood flow through the day while decreasing your heartburn and acid reflux and at the same time boosting your digestion at night.
All sleeping positions hold different benefits to them, the benefits that you get from being a left side sleeper is that you don’t put pressure on your back or lower back by overarching it. You have better blood circulation, and boosts to your brain and heart, and you save yourself from making any sleep apnea worse.