Why You Are Sleeping In The Wrong Position


The average person will sleep about eight
hours a day, so that’s a third of your life catching Z’s. If you live to the average age in most developed
nations that will mean you’ll spend somewhere close to 10,000 days in bed asleep. That’s more time spent sleeping than you’ll
do any other activity, and of course we are not counting breathing or thinking or seeing. With this in mind, you have to give great
respect to this thing we call sleep. Sleep is our great relief, and countless studies
tell us if we don’t get enough of it, or get too much of it, there will be negative
consequences regarding our physical and mental health. You best make sure you are sleeping right,
given how much you do of it, and today we’ll tell you how to sleep well. Before we get into the advice we’ll tell
you that research has shown that quite a lot of people do actually sleep in the wrong position. You might feel like it’s the best way to
drift off, but some positions can cause people harm. Some of the consequences of bad sleep positions
might be you wake up with pains, sometimes in the neck, sometimes in the back, shoulders
or knees. You might just feel stiff in the morning,
a little bit too rigid. But there’s more than that. Some people snore because they are in the
wrong position, and while we all let out a few nighttime grunts now and again, snoring
can become a problem not only for your health but for your sleeping partner’s mental health. Your friends might balk at sharing a hotel
room with you, too, and if you are especially loud you might annoy people in the same house
but not even the same room. Because you are sleeping all wrong you might
wake up feeling really tired, as if you haven’t slept much at all, while some people wake
up with headaches and according to some experts this might be a pillow problem. Other problems related to bad sleeping positions
can be waking up with heartburn or inflammation in certain parts of the body. So, without further ado, let’s see how to
sleep well. First of all, you might know if you’re not
sleeping right because you have some of the symptoms we mentioned. You might just feel groggy every morning,
or your sleep tracker might be telling you there is a problem. Not everyone is the same, but we’ll tell
you how some positions can cause certain problems. Sleeping on your stomach can be a good thing
and a bad thing. One of the problems with this is the fact
with a high pillow sleeping on your stomach can cause neck pain. You are basically forcing your neck into a
difficult position every night, and this is why you might wake up with pain there quite
often. The obvious solution to this if you’re a
habitual stomach sleeper is to get a lower pillow or totally get rid of your pillow. Yes, some doctors say sleeping on your stomach
is best done without a pillow. You could at least give it a try. But there’s more. Sleeping this way can make it harder to breathe,
because it’s not exactly the most comfortable breathing position. Ilene Rosen, an associate professor of clinical
medicine for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said that
there is a solution. Try not to sleep like a plank for one thing,
so bend the knee and elbow. After that, to help more with position put
a small pillow underneath that armpit and hip. You can also take some pressure off your back
by putting a pillow under your stomach. Try it, play around with using pillows not
just for your head but to support other parts of your body. You might just find you get a much better
night’s sleep. As for those head pillows, well, if you are
a stomach sleeper or a back sleeper, don’t have them too high. You only want enough height to keep your spine
straight. Have you ever seen those images of Sleeping
Beauty sleeping on her back with her head at a steep incline. Well, Miss Beauty no doubt woke up with a
terrible neck crick. You don’t need to go too high. So, what about those folks that feel so comfortable
sleeping in the fetal position. Oh, don’t we all miss those cozy days in
the womb of our mothers? It’s actually the most popular position,
and it’s a good fit for most people. But there are problems, too. It can cause breathing problems which might
lead to a bad night’s sleep. One thing you can try if you like to sleep
in this position is putting a pillow under one of your legs and hold on to it, as if
you are hugging the pillow. In fact, in many places around Asia people
sleep like this all the time except they hang on to something that looks a bit like a sausage. Sometimes they are called sausage pillows. They are not only used for people who like
to sleep in the fetal position, but also used to support other parts of the body. Buy one, stick it next to you, and we guarantee
you’ll soon be clinging on to it as a form of support and comfort. Many of the experts tell us that the fetal
position with some support can be the best way to sleep. A lot of sleepers, and it’s well documented,
have lower back pain because of the way they sleep. Again, one thing you can do to fix this is
get some kind of support. To prevent lower back pain you might try sleeping
with that support under your knees, in between your thighs, and again if you sleep on your
stomach, underneath you. So, what if you like sleeping on your stomach
but not really in the fetal position? The best thing about this is it can help to
reduce all that snoring you do. It’s also a lot better for digestion and
heartburn than on your back. One study we found, though, said if you want
to reduce heartburn and acid reflux you should try and switch sides a lot, at least when
you are trying to get to sleep. Just about everyone anyway says don’t eat
a big meal and go to sleep, especially a really fatty meal. It’s not great for your weight, so try and
give some space between eating and sleeping. If you’re a side sleeper there might be
problems, such as shoulder stiffness or even jaw tightness. Again, another pillow under your body can
help this. Side sleepers, like fetal sleepers, can really
benefit from having something to hold on to. Not many people actually sleep on their back,
but it does have quite a few benefits including helping with knee pain and hip pain. It’s more of a lying in bed and thinking
position than a sleeping position, and many of us retreat to the stomach or side at some
point. The important thing here is to get the pillow
height right, since too low or too high will give you neck pain. It’s also the position that a lot of people
do their snoring in. If you are a serial snorer, then try to tell
yourself to sleep on your side or in the fetal position. There are other tricks, too, including sleeping
with a tennis ball in the back pocket of whatever clothes you sleep in. In the end, there is no magic sleeping position
to suit all, but if you are experiencing bad sleep or pains you can just follow some of
the advice we have given to you today. As one doctor from John Hopkins Medicine said
about positions, “We could argue that some are better than others. But there are caveats.” She means what we just said, if you snore
too much don’t go for the back, and if you have pains try a different pillow or using
support, and if you have heartburn switch to your other side. The left is better, she said. If you often wake up with your face looking
rather mangled, then try not to sleep on your stomach too much. Apparently this can cause wrinkles in the
long run. Not much of this matters of course if you
have a mattress that has been around longer than you. If it’s out of shape with a kind of dip
in the middle it’s going to give you problems. It’s hard to say which mattress is perfect
for you because some sleepers suit hard mattresses more and some suit soft ones more. If it’s cheap and super soft, so you virtually
sink into it, it will likely give you some back problems. Soft can be good, but not too soft. It’s the same with super hard. If the mattress doesn’t allow any sinking
at all it might lead to stiff shoulders and stiff hips in the morning. You don’t want to be sleeping on a virtual
floor. So, how do you sleep? Have you ever had problems and fixed them? Do you agree with what we’ve said? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
Everything You Know About Sleep Is Wrong. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

50 Replies to “Why You Are Sleeping In The Wrong Position

  1. I sleep in a low pillow when I lay on my back or front but when I lay on my side I have a smaller pillow to lift my head up to prevent neck or back aches.

  2. I do that thing with the sausage pillow every night I just pretend like somebody was sleeping in the Same bed as me like that whatever happened

  3. For anyone going to bed after this like I am, relax, sleep well and make the next day worth it. Enjoy your lives and be happy 🙂

  4. I don't feel pain or stiff or anything at all but what makes me concerned the most is no matter how much I am sleeping I will wake up like a zombie like can't get enough sleep even my sleeping condition is nice I mean like a dead man or heavy sleeper. Can't even remember if I am dreaming or not dreaming even a fracture of my dream.

  5. I agree because I've through just about every bit of stuff that you just mentioned with sleeping and I need one of thos e sausage pillows haha I always wondered what those were called

  6. I sleep at 9:30pm and wake up at 6:40am and I have always been sleeping early in my life I dislike sleeping late!, Also I'm an earlybird.

  7. So we hear ways to not sleep because it's bad for your health but at 5:37 it's suggested to put a tennis ball in your back pocket… Hmmm… I believe that would put abnormal stress twisting your spine 🤪😜

  8. Wow lots to say here. I have a very specific way I sleep and you all should try it. It requires some things though more than just a pillow and a blanket. You will need 2 thin body pilliws and a thin head pillow. I use memory foam pillows since they are nice and soft.

    What I do is sleep on my stomach but I choose one side to sleep on. I will switch sides 3 times before I fall asleep. The side I choose will have a body pillow hugged up my torso amd up to my chest. I hang my leg over the pillow so if you can imagine it, I have 1 arm and 1 leg hugging the pillow. This position allows me to slightly prop up my body and give my myself room to breathe very easily. I have some pressure on the oppising shoulder but not much. The arm I am not using hangs down the side of my body. This allows me to get into a deep sleep. Switching sides is easy. Just roll over and repeat but opposite. Having your arm down your side is important to relieve numbness.

  9. what I got from this video is that all my pillows were necessary and people who made fun of me for it can go do so with their body aches and bad night's sleep.

  10. Infographics: In Asia people sleep with pillows that looks like sausages
    Me, an asian who lives in asia: is hugging a sausage pillow while watching this video yup, sounds about right

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