Everyone has a unique sleeping style. An estimated 16% of people sleep on their stomachs. What does this mean for their health? Let’s take a look into what stomach sleeping does to your body and if it is as bad as people say.
Stomach sleeping is the worst possible position to sleep in, according to scientists. It compresses your chest, not allowing for good chest expansion during breathing. It puts pressure on your lower back and twists back muscles. It also twists neck muscles. You are likely to develop chiropractic problems and pain if you sleep on your stomach.
Another problem with stomach sleeping is that your face is smothered. This can create sweating and heat and problems breathing. It is certainly not the most comfortable position.
Back and side sleeping positions are better for your alignment and organs. It is possible to train yourself to stop sleeping on your stomach. Use pillows to hold your body in place. When you wake up, adjust to the back or side position. Over time, you will learn to sleep on your back or side.
There is one benefit to stomach sleeping: it eases snoring. This sleeping position can be beneficial for people with sleep apnea, where the throat closes and breathing is lost during sleep. However, doctors recommend side sleeping more for sleep apnea.
It can also help people who suffer from GERD, heartburn, and other issues. These issues are worsened if you fall asleep on your back.
While stomach sleeping is bad for your internal organs and posture, it is not deadly. It is possible to sleep in this position for years without terrible effects.
If you do insist on sleeping on your stomach, try this: put a pillow under your belly. This pillow adds support to keep your spine from sinking. You should also get a pillow that supports your neck and allows for easy breathing. Special stomach sleeper pillows do exist.
Now that you know more about sleeping on your stomach, discuss these questions:
- Why is stomach sleeping bad for you?
- What is stomach sleeping recommended for?
- Can you stop sleeping on your stomach?
- How do you train yourself to sleep on your back?
- What is the most recommended sleeping position?
How do I stop sleeping on my stomach?
It is important to train yourself. Use body pillows and force yourself to sleep on your back. When you catch yourself sliding onto your stomach, roll over. Your body will get used to it in time.
Will sleeping on my stomach kill me?
Stomach sleeping will not kill you. You instinctually turn your face to allow for breathing. Significant health issues can arise over time with this position, however.
I sleep on my stomach and I feel fine. Why is that?
People can go decades without experiencing the negative effects of stomach sleeping. However, one day you will start to notice the impact it has on your posture and joints. Preventing these problems now will help you in the future.
What if I don’t want to sleep on my back or side?
If you want to continue sleeping on your stomach, that is fine. But you should place a pillow under your belly. You should also use a stomach sleeper pillow and a special mattress if possible.
Is it safe for my baby to sleep on its stomach?
It is not safe for your baby to sleep on his stomach. In fact, stomach sleeping can lead to suffocation or SIDS. To lower the risk of SIDS, place your baby on his back for his first year.
Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I’m pregnant?
Pressure on the stomach during pregnancy can cut off blood flow to the heart or the placenta. It is quite dangerous. Do not ever sleep on your stomach during pregnancy.
Sleeping on your stomach is voted as the worst possible sleeping position. It is far better to change to a back position. Changing your sleeping position is possible with some work.