LifestyleThe worst sleeping position revealed: Why it leaves you sore and tired

The worst sleeping position revealed: Why it leaves you sore and tired

What is the worst sleeping position?
What is the worst sleeping position?
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8:51 AM EDT, June 13, 2024

Do you sleep for eight hours yet still wake up tired and sore? It might not be the fault of an uncomfortable mattress or pillow but rather your body position during sleep. What is the worst sleeping position? Scientists leave no doubts.

Sleep is one of the most essential human needs. An adult should ensure at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to regenerate the entire body. Unfortunately, we don't always wake up rested. Several factors come into play, such as the time we fall asleep, the temperature in the bedroom, the quality of the mattress, or... the position in which we sleep.

This is the worst sleeping position. Scientists leave no doubts

On your side, back, or stomach — everyone has their favorite sleeping position. According to the latest research on the scientific portal, the body's position during sleep significantly impacts its quality.

According to scientists, the worst sleeping position is lying on your stomach. As the entire body weight rests on the internal organs, the neck muscles unnecessarily tense up, causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.

The bad news doesn't end there. Sleeping on your stomach causes your head to be pressed hard against the pillow, making it difficult for oxygen to flow to the lungs. It also affects skin condition and can speed up the formation of wrinkles.

What is the healthiest sleeping position?

Your favorite sleep position forms in early childhood. According to pediatric recommendations, most children fall asleep on their stomachs. This body position improves intestinal peristalsis and prevents the formation of colic. Many people keep this habit for life, but it is worth unlearning as frequent stomach sleeping carries many serious consequences.

What is the healthiest sleeping position? Lying on your left side. This way, we improve blood and lymph flow, speeding up body detoxification. The body does not press on internal organs, allowing them to regenerate. The second equally healthy position is sleeping on your back. Why? The body weight is evenly distributed, relieving joints, muscles, and spine. However, this position is not for everyone. People dealing with asthma, snoring, and chronic heart diseases should avoid it.

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