How Your Sleeping Position Can Affect Your Back Pain, Acid Reflux and More
Back pain is a common problem. According to the World Health Organization, various diseases of the musculoskeletal system affect almost 80 percent of the population. Here is how your sleeping position can change your back pain.
Everyone at least once in their life has dealt with back pain.
"Computers, office work, and other joys of modern society affect human health,” says neuroscientist Matthew Walker, director of the Center for Science of Human Sleep at the University of California at Berkeley.
But there is another reason for back pain, which few people have thought of: sleeping habits. Or rather, your sleeping position.
According to research, sleeping in certain positions affects how the blood circulates in the body, how joints work, and ultimately, how your back is affected.
In addition, scientists believe that a person's sleeping position can cause the development of other health problems. This is bad news.
However, the good news is that, in order to improve health, you can simply change your sleeping position. Here, for example, are some health problems and the sleeping position which may help to ease them.
Lie down on either side - whether it's right or left - but with slightly bent knees. Keep your arms in front of you. Here are several strategies for coping with chronic back pain.
This is the name of a condition where stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. To help control this unpleasant condition, put your arms in front of you and lie on your right side, says this doctor from Russia. But in a 2011 story, EverydayHealth says "don't sleep on your right side. For some reason, this seems to prompt relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter — the tight ring of muscle connecting the stomach and esophagus that normally defends against reflux. Do sleep on your left side. This is the position that has been found to best reduce acid reflux."
With this kind of trouble, the worst thing you can do is fall asleep on your back, especially during the winter. Lie down on your side and keep your head on a large pillow - doing so helps decrease mucus, and at the same time, will increase the outflow of excess fluid.
Lie on your back and put a pillow under your knees. This position relieves pressure.
Sleep on your back and keep your neck as straight as possible. Check out this story linking neck pain to sleeping position.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, try sleeping in one of the suggested positions. Let us know how it works for you.