Your health: Study looks at effects of sleep positions

  • Research says your choice of sleeping position could be affecting your health.

    Research says your choice of sleeping position could be affecting your health. File photo

Posted1/31/2016 7:24 AM

Study looks at effects of sleep positions

Do you curl up at night in the fetal position or can you only get to sleep on your back?


For most people, the way they lie in bed is deeply ingrained. But research suggests that our choice of sleeping position can seriously affect our health and well-being, the Daily Mail reports.

Sleeping on your left side can significantly increase the chance of having nightmares. But sleeping on the right will help to alleviate heartburn.

Your sleep position can also determine whether you'll age prematurely and could even help to prevent Alzheimer's.

If you have high blood pressure, you may want to start sleeping on your right side. It gives the heart, in the left of your chest, a little extra room in the chest cavity, which can help lower blood pressure and slow heart rate.

Sleeping on the left or right is also thought to improve waste clearance in the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.

If you have back pain, sleeping on your back, with a supportive pillow under your head and knees that's just thick enough to keep your spine aligned, can help alleviate it .

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Wear red Friday for women's heart health

National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing about one woman every 80 seconds.

However, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. The purpose of wearing red on Friday, is to call attention to preventive measures that can be taken. Encourage women you know to schedule a checkup to review her overall health, so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Take a selfie, organize your office to wear red, paint your neighborhood red, organize a neighborhood walk wearing red, dress your family up in red. However you Go Red, you can take photos and share them using the hashtag -- #GoRedWearRed.

You also can donate to Go Red For Women which supports educational programs to increase women's awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

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