Finding the most comfortable positions can be difficult, with many hours spent tossing and turning leaving us more tired than we were before.
According to FEMAIL this are the four main positions people tend to fall asleep in and they point out whether they’re good or bad for people’s overall wellbeing.
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1.CURLING UP IN THE FOETAL POSITION
Sydney-based sleep coach Elina Winnel from My Sleep Coach said that people need to avoid falling asleep in the curled-up foetal position because of how detrimental it can be.
‘What we may not realise is that we are putting our body into a fight or flight posture,’ she said.
‘If we go to sleep in this position, we may be signaling to our nervous system that we are in fight or flight, and that it is not safe to go to sleep.’
She recommends sleeping with an open posture instead as it helps to open up the lung area, allowing people to take deep breaths.
2.SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE
Dr Ehrlich recommends sleeping on your side using a supportive pillow for the head and down the side of the body.
‘From a structural, neurological and muscular perspective, as well as for your airway it is kinder to the body,’ he said.
He adds ‘It also happens to be better for digestion, particularly lying on the left side, considering where the oesophagus enters the stomach.’
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3.LYING ON YOUR STOMACH
Dr Ron Ehrlich author of Women’s Health Stomach sleeping is the worst since it places strain on the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, strains the jaw joints, can also twist the lower back and pelvis,’ he said.
4.FALLING ASLEEP ON YOUR BACK
According to Dr Mark T. Brown.sleeping on your back provides rest for shoulders and back and also helps acid reflux, (in which stomach acid flows backward into the oesophagus).