Never Sleep on Your Stomach
Patient’s commonly ask, “What is the best postion to sleep?” I encourage patients to stop sleeping on their stomach. A surprising number of people are shocked to hear that this is detrimental to them.
The Best Sleeping Position: Back
Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts. Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck, and spine to maintain a neutral position. You’re not forcing any extra curves into your back, says Steven Diamant, a chiropractor in New York City. It’s also ideal for fighting acid reflux, says Eric Olson, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota: “If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can’t come back up.”
Back-sleeping also helps prevent wrinkles, because nothing is pushing against your face, notes Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. And the weight of your breasts is fully supported, reducing sagginess.
If you don’t believe me about sleeping on your stomach, try walking around with your head turned to one side. It won’t take long for you to begin feeling pain, soreness, dizziness or neck/shoulder tension. Your body doesn’t like this standing up, and I promise you that it doesn’t like it when you’re lying face down with your head on a pillow either.
The fact is, wrenching your head and neck in this way for even just a few minutes while sleeping can significantly strain the muscles and ligaments of the spine. Repeatedly doing so every night for years slowly adds pressure to the joints and nerves, contributing to spinal degeneration and allowing for the development of a variety of health problems.
While sleeping on your stomach may feel good and seem perfectly acceptable. It is a bad habit. In general, it is best to sleep on your back and side before your stomach.
Article written by Dr. Adam Tanase D.C. and obtained from www.drtanase.com