How to sleep: Five positions to prevent neck and back pain when you wake up
HOW TO sleep: The way you sleep can affect your overall health, with back and neck pain being one of the most common problems when you wake up. The best way to combat these is to adopt particularly sleeping positions. But which ones can help ease back and neck pain and which ones should you avoid?
Sleep is important when it comes to our physical health – not having enough can put you in a bad mood and result in lack of focus.
If poor sleep becomes a recurring thing, you can be at risk of serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
The hot weather can be one cause of a restless night’s sleep, but another is back and neck pain.
Popular positions to sleep in include sleeping on your back, front and side. But which is the best one when you want to reduce painful symptoms?
Author of Reboot Your Heath: Simple DIY Tests and Solutions to Assess and Improve Your Health, Sara Davenport suggests five positions which can help, and which ones to avoid.
A popular positions and the way 51 per cent of all women sleep.
Sara said: “Sleeping on your side keeps your spine elongated, and reduces neck and back pain; it also reduces snoring and acid reflux.”
The starfish is likely to make you snore but is good for minimising back and neck pain, advised Sara.
She added: “The starfish reduces acid reflux and is one of the few positions that leaves you less wrinkled from not squishing your face into the pillow. It doesn’t squash your breasts either.”
Only 15 per cent of us sleep in the log position, but it keeps your spine straight and unstressed.
Sara added: “It’s bad for wrinkles but good for snoring less.”
Sara said: “The soldier position is preferred by 8 per cent of us, but it is the most likely to make you snore and comes with a high risk of sleep apnoea. Again, this position is good for acid reflux, as well as back and neck pain.”