What is the healthiest and worst sleeping position?
1. Sleeping on your back
The best position for sleeping may be in this position if you can breathe well while you are asleep. The mattress supports your body well. If you place a cushion or pillow at your knees, it may relieve back pain and muscle and joint pain; this may reduce the effects of congestive heart failure by relieving edema (swelling) of the feet and ankles. Infants should sleep in this position as a precaution against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Sleeping on your back may make breathing difficult for people with breathing problems. Snoring may also sound louder when you are on your back. The airway can be obstructed more quickly if the lower jaw and tongue are forced back by a nasal obstruction or mouth breathing, and the pauses in breathing during sleep may lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea in this position can exacerbate many health problems. Among these are nocturia (nighttime urination), teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), heartburn/gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diabetes, and heart failure.
2. Sleeping On Your Left Side
Many people avoid the problems associated with supine sleep by sleeping in this position; this is a good solution for minimizing the effects of snoring and sleep apnea. This position may be more comfortable if you have pain in your right shoulder or hip. The ability to spoon (lying side by side closely with a partner) is also increased by sleeping on your side.
A left-lateral position is not suitable for everyone. Gravity can cause the organs in the chest to shift when sleeping on the left. This increased pressure from the organs and lungs can cause damage to the heart, adding to the strain on the heart in heart failure. Therefore, the kidneys increase output, requiring more trips to get up and urinate at night. There may be complications if nerves in the left arm or leg become irritated. The long-term effects of sleeping in this position include shoulder, lower back, and hip pain.
3. Sleeping On Your Right Side
The problems associated with supine sleeping can be avoided by sleeping on the right side. The pain may disappear if a hip or other left-sided joint is causing it. A bed partner can also snuggle that way, facing the other way.
Gravity may shift the internal organs to the right, causing the right lung to feel pressure. This will reduce the lung’s ability to fill with air, resulting in problems. People with related health issues may be affected by the lower oxygen levels and the strain on the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, nerve compression affecting the right arm or leg can result in neuropathy or compression injuries. Finally, as with left-lateral sleeping, long-term sleeping on the right side may cause shoulder, lower back, and right hip pain.