How Can Sleep Position Affect Health?

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Most of us after a hard day we kind of think about, getting into bed and curling up and rolling over on our side in that fetal position and I know I've done it myself, but unfortunately, it's not the best position for sleep. And, there are several reasons for that, number one, lying on your side forces your face into your pillow, and that constant pressure throughout the night on your skin, can actually cause your skin to age prematurely and cause wrinkles.

So, being on your back just because of wrinkles is a good idea, but in addition to that, there are several other health benefits from staying on your back. When you're on your back and especially if you incline your back slightly, you'll reduce the incidence of reflex. Certainly that's a good thing, but in addition to that, when you are on your back, gravity helps to bring the diaphragms down, that opens up your rib-cage, that allows you to take a nice deep breath at night and improve your oxygenation while you're sleeping, so staying on your back not only can help with reflex with your breathing but, it could also help stabilize your sleep so it's not as restless.

When your sleep is not as restless, that would reduce the inflammatory substances that are released and as we all know, inflammatory substances and inflammation will injure micro blood vessels, that certainly adds to aging and decreases your longevity. So sleeping on your back is a great option, and because your sleep is less restless you're also going to likely sleep up in the morning with less aches and pains.

So get yourself a pillow put it under your knees, that will help keep you on your back and stop you from tossing and turning and get a simple wedge pillow, to elevate your back so you don't have to deal with that acid reflex and you can take nice deep breaths at night.