Everyone knows that sleep is very important for sustaining good physical and mental health. But did you know your sleep position can have a major impact on your health, as well? A study from Stony Brook University examined sleep positions and found side sleeping is the best for the health of your brain.
Past studies have shown that poor sleep—a lack of sleep or waking several times throughout the night—is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Poor sleep contributes to many health problems including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and dementia. Sleeping on your side can help reduce your chances of these diseases. Recent research shows that your brain does a better job of clearing the proteins and toxins that can lead to neurological diseases when you’re sleeping on your side rather than on your back or stomach. Additionally, sleeping on your left side is most ideal. It aids in better digestion and drainage of your lymphatic system.
Do you normally sleep on your back or stomach? If you would like to break the habit but aren’t quite sure if you can do it, no need to worry! Here are some tips to help you make the turn:
1. Press a full-length body pillow up against your back. The pillow will prevent you from rolling over during the night.
2. Use a thin pillow between your knees when sleeping. This will help take pressure off your hips and lower back while keeping your spine aligned. You’ll rest more comfortably.
3. If you’re trying to sleep on your left side, keep a dim light on your right. Your body will naturally want to turn away from the light during sleep, making it easier to snooze on your left.