Sleeping: Pros, Cons, Solutions



Of all possible ways that a person could sleep, most people choose to sleep on their side. Most people choose to sleep on their side for reasons of comfort, but what they don't know is that their sleeping patterns, while partially beneficial, could still potentially be damaging to their health while being counterintuitive to getting a good night’s sleep.

Sleeping on your side has both its benefits and its downfalls, so in today’s blog post, your medical manufacturing company HealthSmart will be discussing the benefits of sleeping on your side, the issues associated with sleeping on your side, as well as a solution to making sleep both healthier and more comfortable.

Benefits Of Sleeping On Your Side

While it has been popularly concluded my medical professionals that sleeping on your back may be the most healthy sleep position, sleeping on your side is a close second. Most people sleep on their side for reasons of comfort, not knowing that it is actually beneficial to their health.

Here at HealthSmart, we make quality healthcare products like the  HealthSmartⓇ Wrap Around Hypoallergenic Side Sleeper Pillow that help people live healthier and sleep better. Below, we have compiled a list of reasons why sleeping on your side can be beneficial to your health.

Opens Breathing Pathways

It is commonly known that when you sleep on your back that you become prone to snoring because of fat and other body compositions that block your airways as you lay flat. Laying on your side is an extremely effective, but not guaranteed, way to prevent snoring. Sleeping on your side opens your airway, as well as prevents fat and other obstructions form hindering the width of your airways.

Spinal Elongation

Another benefit of sleeping on your side is that the position allows for your spine to be fully elongated, resulting in decompression. Decompression is an important part of spinal health, as it refers to the reduction of pressure in the spinal discs. As a result of decompression, general back pain, particularly that of the lower back, is less likely to occur.

Gastrointestinal Relief

Acid reflux is an unpleasant common ailment that most people have experienced at one point in their life. By sleeping on your side, acid reflux can be avoided. The effects of sleeping on your side are similar to that of sleeping with a wedge pillow like the HealthSmartⓇ Premium Foam Bed Wedge Pillow, as gravity will combat the rising stomach acid that threatens your good night’s sleep.

Cons Of Sleeping On Your Side

While sleeping on your side is considered to be one of the healthier ways to spend your resting hours, it does have some negative effects on your body. Below, we have outlined a few of the most common issues associated with side sleeping.

Acne

While acne is not an extremely dangerous medical issue by any means, it is an inconvenience, and can sometimes be quite painful. When constantly sleeping on your side, oils from your face may build up on your pillowcase and contribute to the development of acne.

Stiffness

Another issue commonly associated with sleeping on your side is neck and shoulder stiffness. Often times, sleeping on your side will result in shoulder stiffness due to sleeping with the lower shoulder rolled awkwardly under the weight of the torso. Additionally, sleeping on your side can create neck stiffness, usually the result of an overstuffed pillow pushing the neck up at an uncomfortable angle.

Hip Pain

Hip Pain is a less-common result of sleeping on your side, but it does happen. Pain is usually caused by the resting twisting motion that most people experience while trying to rest both kneecaps on the bed surface. While hip pain is uncommon, there are home healthcare products such as pillows that can be used to prevent, and reduce, hip pain as a result of sleeping on your side.

Experience The Benefits Of Side Sleeping With The HealthSmartⓇ Wrap Around Hypoallergenic Side Sleeper Pillow

Sleeping on your side is by far one of the most healthy sleeping positions, but it can cause negative symptoms like acne, stiffness, and hip pain. Instead of ditching side sleeping all together, experience all of its health benefits while avoiding all of the unfavorable symptoms by using the HealthSmartⓇ Wrap Around Hypoallergenic Side Sleeper Pillow.

The HealthSmartⓇ Wrap Around Hypoallergenic Side Sleeper Pillow is a true example of medical product innovation as it can aid in both better, and healthier, sleep. With a hypoallergenic removable liner, acne can easily be avoided, making this pillow a home healthcare product necessity. Additionally, its ergonomic design softly cradles your neck and shoulders, making stiffness an issue of the past.

At HealthSmart, we are a medical manufacturing company that makes products for healthy living. Our home healthcare products are designed and crafted to help you both monitor and address your health. Check out the HealthSmartⓇ Wrap Around Hypoallergenic Side Sleeper Pillow today, and experience better sleep tomorrow.

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