Sleep deprivation causes a whole range of health problems, do you know what is the best way to sleep to suit you?
Sleep is so important to us, we spend around a third of our lives sleeping and getting enough enables our body to function properly.
Lack of sleep can itself cause problems, but if you suffer from existing health problems that interrupt your sleep, there is way to know which sleep position will get you the most amount of rest.
If you have any of the following health complaints, here is how to get that all important 8 hours.
Heartburn can be incredibly painful, and some people suffer from attacks that are hard to control with medicine, if your heartburn keeps you awake at night, sleep on your left side to ease the pain.
2. Digestion Problems
Eating before sleep can cause an uncomfortable night, if you suffer from digestive problems through the night, sleep on your left side to help the problem.
3. Neck Pain
If you’ve ever woken up after having slept on your neck awkwardly, the pain can last into the next day. To combat this sleep with a small rolled up towel under your neck.
4. PMS Pain
If PMS pain is keeping you awake at night, placing a pillow under your knees while you sleep can alleviate some of the pain that occurs in the lower back.
5. High Blood Pressure
Scientists at The Ehime University School of Medicine have found that sleeping with your face downwards into your pillow can lower your blood pressure while you sleep. Remember that high blood pressure needs to be properly controlled with a course of medication from your doctor.
6. Sinus Trouble
Blocked sinuses are a sure fire way to interrupt a good nights sleep. Sleeping with your head fairly elevated will help drain fluid away from the sinuses and give you a more peaceful sleep.
Headaches while sleeping can be caused by a twisted neck. To prevent this, surround your head with pillows to make sure you neck cannot become easily twisted into an uncomfortable position.
8. Back Pain
Back pain can be helped by sleeping on your back and placing a pillow under your knees and a small rolled up towel under the curve of your spine.
9. Shoulder Pain
To combat shoulder pain, sleep on the unaffected side with your legs bent slightly, or placing a pillow in between your legs.