The way you sleep goes a long way in determining your all round health. A good night’s sleep should not be underestimated. It is pivotal for health, body, mind and mood. It is very possible for bad-sleeping positions to have an adverse effect on posture and health as a whole.

Poor sleeping position can cause back pain, neck pain and a host of other troubles. If you wake up having slept in a bad position, the tendency that you’ll be moody and cranky all day, is very high.

This is a list of the best ways to sleep and the worst ways to sleep.

Best ways to sleep

1. On your back: This way, there is no pressure on your back. It also makes it easier for your head, neck and spine to align.

2. On your side: If you’re pregnant or prone to neck or back pain, this is also a good way to sleep. This will elongate your spine and help with back pain. However, it has been said that there are side effects to side sleeping. This include wrinkles and sagging breast. It could also cause unwanted skin aging. Pregnant women are advised to sleep on their left side for optimal blood flow. Because sleeping on your right side or left side is crucial, therapists have said that the use of pillows to prop your head and waist will aid better sleep.



Worst ways to sleep

1. Do not sleep on your stomach: It does not support the natural curve of your spine. It also places pressure on your joints and muscle which can lead to pain, numbness and tingling.



2. The fetal position which is on your side with your knees drawn up to your chest is really bad though it might comfort. It can lead to neck and back pain, wrinkles and sagging Breast. It can cause a strain on your back and joints.

Sleeping tips

Generally it is important to note that for you to have a great night’s rest, you have to have a good soft mattress. If you sleep on a hard bed, it will automatically defeat the purpose of your sleeping position as hard mattresses tend to cause body pain. They are least comfortable.

As they say – as you lay your bed so you lie on it. This is very crucial. Fresh sheets, comforter or duvet, well laid, will help have a very good night’s rest.

Showering before bed will give you the ultimate perfect sleep. Also, eating little before bed will help you sleep well.

Author: Ope Adedeji