No Matter How You Sleep, You’re Wrong
This morning I read an article about how different people sleep and how there are consequences to every position. I started thinking of my own sleeping situation. I fall asleep in a different position every night, toss and turn and then wake up in some other weird position in the morning! Usually on my tummy.
I have been trying to find new pillows that I don't hate for like 2 years! And If I don't have my body pillow to wrap myself around like a monkey, than I can't sleep at all!
The article said -
1. Sleeping on your stomach can cause back pain, because your spine isn't supported. Plus, it makes you sleep with your head turned to one side or the other, so you might your neck.
2. If you sleep on your back, you're more likely to snore. (Like my husband!!) But as long as you don't prop your head up with too many pillows, it's better for your spine than sleeping on your side or your stomach. Frankly, I can't sleep on my back because... boobs.
3. Sleeping on your left side puts more strain on your internal organs, including your liver, lungs, and stomach. Doctors usually tell pregnant women to sleep on their left side though, because it increases circulation to the baby. I slept on my left side when I was pregnant and I think that's why I still do it.
4. Sleeping on your right side can cause heartburn. It's not clear why, but several studies have found you're more likely to wake up with heartburn if you fall asleep on your right side. That's a good tip if you always wake up with heart burn a lot.
And, maybe my body pillow isn't so bad after all because the experts are saying that regardless of how you sleep, using an extra pillow for support can help. If you sleep on your back, put it under the arch of your spine, if you're a side sleeper, put it between your knees and if you snuggle on your tummy, put it right under your hips.
We asked our listeners this morning how they sleep, and here's what they said -