Sleeping Positions: The position of sleeping affects the fitness of the body! Know the advantages and disadvantages of sleeping positions

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Sleeping Positions: Do you know that good body fitness depends to a great extent on your sleeping positions. The more correct your sleeping pattern, the more physically fit you will be. 

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Sleeping Positions: Everyone wants to have a good night's sleep and it is also important for our physical and psychological health. If sleep is good then many things automatically get better but if there is some problem with sleep then it affects both mental and physical health. Some people get very deep sleep and some wake up, again and again, both situations have their side effects. 

Many factors can affect your sleep including the room environment, mattress, stress level, diet, etc. Often overlooked body position, body position is a key contributor to a good night's sleep.

Also, you will be surprised to know that your sleeping posture has a great impact on your health. Sleeping on your right, left, back or stomach affects your health and behavior a lot. Sleeping posture not only affects you physically but it can also affect your brain health and contribute to mood disorders, brain disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Not only this, sleeping posture can play a significant role in snoring, acid reflux, upset stomach, sleep apnea, and even wrinkles. Here are the best and worst sleeping positions and their effects on your health -

1) Sleeping on your back with your hands parallel 

Lie on your back and keep your hands on either side of you. This position is also known as 'Soldier Pose'. Sleeping on your back is generally considered the best position for your spine. This keeps the back straight and reduces the pressure on the discs. Thus the pain in the neck and back is stopped. Apart from this, sleeping on the back reduces acid reflux and helps in maintaining tight breasts. It also reduces the wrinkles on the face. 

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2) Sleeping on the back with the hands above the head 

Lying on your back and sleeping with your hands above your head besides your face. This is also called the 'starfish' position. Back sleeping is considered the best position for the health of your spine and neck. This reduces the pressure on the disc. In this way, neck pain and back pain stops. It helps in reducing acid reflux as the head is elevated and the stomach can sit down the esophagus. It prevents the digested material from coming back into the esophagus. This pose also prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts.

3) Sleeping on your side with your arms at your sides 

Sleep with both your arms facing down in a straight line. It is also known as 'log' posture. This is an ideal position for the spine, as it helps to keep the natural curve straight. A straight spine not only prevents back and neck pain but also reduces sleep apnea. Sleeping in this position also reduces snoring. This is the best sleeping position for pregnant women.

4) Sleep on your side with your arms extended outwards

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Sleep on your side by spreading your hands outwards. Sleeping on your side and while sleeping, bend your legs slightly, spreading the hands outwards. This is also known as the 'aspirational' position. This sleeping position prevents back and necks pain. In addition, it helps reduce snoring, irritation, and acid reflux.

Not only this, but this state of sleep also helps the body to detoxify the brain more efficiently, reducing the risk of developing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. People sleeping in this position are not likely to wake up at the night.

5) Sleeping on the left or right side 

Sleeping on the left or right side is beneficial for people suffering from neck and back pain, acid reflux, snoring, and sleep apnea. People are less likely to get nervous in this pose, as it keeps the airway open. This asana is recommended for those people who have sleep apnea. Side sleeping also elongates the spine, which helps in reducing back pain. Sleeping on the left side is beneficial for pregnant women, as it improves the blood circulation of the fetus. A study published in 2012 suggests that sleeping on your left side during pregnancy can increase healthy blood flow, which can provide maximum oxygen levels for you and your baby.

6) Sleeping with both knees bent 

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Bend both your knees and sleep on your chest. It is also called a fetus or fetal position. This position prevents snoring to a great extent. This is also a good position for pregnant women. Sleeping on your left side in this position can help reduce acid reflux, as it will keep the stomach at the bottom of the esophagus.

7) Sleeping on the stomach 

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This type of sleeping posture is also known as the 'freefall' pose. In this way, snoring can be reduced by sleeping. This asana also helps in improving digestion to a certain degree. (However, prolonged sleeping in this position can harm your digestive system.)

A 2012 study published in the American Psychological Association found that people who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to have erotic dreams than those who sleep in other positions.