The posture you adopt when sleeping affects your health: which one do you usually choose?

We spent 20 to 25 years sleeping, that is, a third part of our lives. Taking into account that to watch TV we use five years and for social networks nine, to give some examples, it seems that hug Morpheus It is a vital act in our daily life, so it is a good idea to do it right. Surely on more than one occasion you have risen with your back and neck made porridge or as if instead of eight hours you had slept three. Does it have something to do with your posture?

A recent photo on Twitter that has gone viral has gotten that users around the world compare and choose what is the best sleeping position. The chart shows 18 different options, ranging from sleeping on your back to being fully curled up and hugging your pillow as if you were going to take it off. Undoubtedly, posture 13 is the most peculiar, what is yours?

It is not a trivial matter. A recent study of Stony Brook University He examined how sleep position can affect the brain and discovered that sleeping on your side may be the best for your health. The research was done with mice and they discovered that this posture can help eliminate waste from the brain. "These studies are very important because they help shed light on the underlying mechanisms so that we can understand the physiology of sleep," says the doctor. Carol Ash, director of sleep medicine at the New Jersey Meridian Health, in 'Today'. "Changes in behavior become a way to intervene and stop even the process of dementia before it begins," he says.

Always sleeping on the left side produces endless advantages: you will feel more rested, do not snore and also improve your circulation

More than 4 million persons in Spain suffer insomnia chronic, according to data of the Society Spanish of Neurology, which also points out that between 25% and 35% of the adult population suffer from it temporarily. This contributes to many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and the mentioned dementia. That is why these investigations are so important.

Now, how do you sleep and what does your posture indicate?


Is the best option, so congratulations. Sleeping on your side opens the airways and improves air flow, and if you are pregnant you should always consider doing so on the left side, because it increases blood flow to the uterus. Studies also ensure that sleeping like this is much healthier and that you will feel better the next morning: it will prevent you from snoring, having heartburn and also improving your circulation. You can always train for it.

Face up

People with sleep apnea, heart disease, acid reflux or swallowing problems usually sleep this way. When you sleep like this you distribute the weight more evenly, and if you have back pain it can be a great solution: it improves the alignment of the spine and neck. Sometimes, placing a pillow under or between the knees can help you maintain the natural curvature of the spine.

However, if you are prone to sleep paralysis, it may not be your best posture. It arises from an interrupted dream in REM phase, the one in which rapid eye movement occurs and in which dreams manifest with greater intensity. It's about a transitional period for the voluntary movement at the beginning of sleep or upon waking up. It lasts a little, just a few minutes, which pass slowly since the one who suffers it cannot move or open his eyes and is loaded with terror. Many experts see stress and anxiety as one of the causes, as well as an altered sleep schedule, and this problem is usually attributed to the posture, which, although annoying, is not dangerous.

Upside down

These sleepers are also known as'stomachs'. This posture, unfortunately, does not produce any benefit, and in fact if you have health or breathing problems, it can be a problem, but if it is the position that gives you a better rest, go ahead with it.