According to CNN’s article, which sleep position is healthiest? It points out that the position you sleep in can be beneficial or can actually harm your body’s overall health.
Not only can this help you in the long run with regard to healthy sleeping habits, but sleeping correctly may help your personal injury claim as well!! Think about it… If you have been recently injured in an auto accident, sleeping the right way may enhance the healing process and help you recover faster.
Your preferred p.m. pose could be giving you back and neck pain, tummy problems, even premature wrinkles. Below are the best and worst positions for your body.
The Best: Back Position
- Prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux, and minimizes wrinkles.
- Bad for: snoring
Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck and spine to maintain a neutral position. It does not force extra curves into your back and is ideal for fighting acid reflux.
**Back-sleeping prevents wrinkles because there is nothing pressing on your face.
The Next Best: Side Position
- Prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux, snoring less and sleeping during pregnancy.
- Bad for: Your skin – can cause wrinkles.
Side-sleeping is great for overall health because it reduces snoring and keeps your spine elongated. Helps reduce acid reflux.
**If you are pregnant, sleeping on your left side is ideal for blood flow.
Not Ideal: Fetal Position
- Helps reduce snoring and okay for sleeping while pregnant
- Bad for: Can cause neck and back pains and wrinkles.
Resting in a fetal position is not a great idea. May cause future unease to your back and joints. This curved position may restrict diaphragmatic breathing as well.
The Worst: Stomach Position
- Reduces Snoring
- May cause neck and back pain and wrinkles.
Stomach-sleeping makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position with your spine and the pose puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling.
Overall the best sleeping position is on your back! If you have recently been injured in an accident, the back position will help to elevate the head and keep alignment neutral for recovery.
For further information regarding best ways to sleep or how to enhance the healing process in your Tampa auto accident claim, call us today at 813-931-0840.