Best Sleeping Position Based on Health and Psychological Effects

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Sleeping position and its effect on health and psychology

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It might be a surprise for you, but the truth is that human personality is exuded even when a person is asleep. In addition, your sleeping posture has very long lasting effects on your health. That is why so many people are interested in finding out about the best sleeping position. Let’s have a look at different sleeping postures, their major health effects and how they reveal your personality.

SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK (Best)

Health Effects

  • Helps prevent neck and back pain by upholding a neutral position for your head against your neck and spine
  • Reduces acid reflux, as your head remains elevated compared to your stomach
  • Helps minimize wrinkles, since your face is not pushed against anything
  • Probability of snoring increases in this posture

Preferred Pillow for This Posture

  • Single puffy pillow to support your neck and head without propping the head too much

Sleeping Position Psychology

  • Quiet and reserved
  • Sets high standards

SLEEPING SIDEWAYS (Good)

Health Effects

  • Reduces snoring due to elongated spine in this posture
  • Reduces acid reflux, as your head remains elevated compared to your stomach
  • Extremely helpful for pregnant women, as sleeping on your left side is considered best for blood flow
  • Sleeping for long hours with one side mushing is not good for your face
  • It can also result in sagging of breast

Preferred Pillow for This Posture

  • 1 thick pillow to fill the space between your shoulder and neck, so that your head, neck and spine are aligned in a neutral position

Sleeping Position Psychology

  • Social
  • Easy going

FETAL POSITION (Not so good)

Health Effects

  • Probability of arthritic pain increases, especially because of wrong neck and spine posture with bent knees for long hours
  • Diaphragmatic breathing is hampered because of too much stress on chest area
  • Increased risk of premature facial wrinkles due to extra stress on face for long hours

Preferred Pillow for This Posture

  • 1 thick pillow to fill the space between your shoulder and neck, so that your head, neck and spine are aligned in a neutral position

Sleeping Position Psychology

  • Shy and sensitive, however, tend to present to the world a tough exterior

SLEEPING ON THE STOMACH (Avoid)

Health Effects

  • Muscles and joints have to bear extra pressure due to the lack of neutral spine position
  • This can result in nerve irritation leading to pain, tingling and numbness
  • Headaches can take place due to prolonged incorrect head position
  • Upper airways stay more open with your face kept down. So, if you do not suffer from back or neck pain, you may try sleeping like this

Preferred Pillow for This Posture

  • You may go for one thin pillow or none at all

Sleeping Position Psychology

  • Brash and gregarious on the surface, but may inwardly inclined to nervousness and sensitivity to criticism

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