With awareness about sleep and its impact on health people are so focused on completing the required hours of sleep that they often tend to ignore the quality of their sleep. Sleep as a therapy will work only when both its aspects are satisfied i.e. quantity and quality.
Many of us get to bed early to complete the required quantity of sleep, but do we really wake up feeling fresh and alert. Though stress and fatigue play a pivotal role in affecting sleep quality, the other major factor impacting sleep quality is incorrect “Sleep Postures”.
As shared in our previous article on Sleep Postures, sleeping in the correct posture can not only improve quality of sleep but also assist in the smooth functioning of the various organs, such as the brain, heart, liver, etc. In this article, we have shared how specific sleep postures can help you overcome these ailments:
Back Ache: Ideally, for back pain one must sleep in the most comfortable position as preferred. However, sleeping on the back is known to help reduce back-pain. For severe back pains, rolling a small hand towel and placing it in the curve of the back helps support the spine and reduce the tension. However, this sleep posture is not advisable for a person suffering from both snoring and backache.
Stiff shoulder: Stiff shoulder is a common problem for people with desk jobs and those travelling long distance daily on bikes and in cars. The ideal sleep position would be to sleep on the good-side, i.e., not on the side that is hurting, with knees bent and pillow(s) tucked between them. Unfortunately, if both your shoulders hurt then, the only plausible position would be sleeping on your back.
Sinus problem: Incorrect sleep posture can aggravate any existing condition of sinus. Sleeping with head propped up on a pillow will stop or reduce the collection of mucus in the sinuses, thus ensuring sound sleep at night.
Headaches: There are many causes for headaches and one of them is incorrect sleep posture. The way your neck is positioned when you are asleep can also cause headaches. People who suffer from constant headaches may benefit from pillows that support their head position.
PMS Pain: To manage pain during PMS, sleep on your back with a pillow under your knee. This posture reduces the stress on your spine and helps keep it straight.
Stomach problems: Most of the times the cause for restless nights is problems related to the stomach, such as indigestion, acidity, constipation, etc. Sleeping on the left side is the most effective sleep posture that helps reduce and overcome these issues. This posture helps improve digestion and overall functioning of the organs.
Neck Pain: To relieve neck pain while sleeping, roll a small towel and place it under the neck curve for additional support.