Sleeping Positions for All Kinds of Conditions

There’s nothing that ruins your whole day quite like getting a poor night’s sleep. The time we spend asleep each night is the time that our body uses to restore its energy and rejuvenate itself so that we’re ready to begin the next day. In fact, sleeping is so important for your overall health that chronic lack of sleep has been linked to an increase in an individual’s risk for heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney diseases.

Under ideal conditions, it shouldn’t be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep on any given night. Unfortunately, whether it’s due to illness, pain, or the stress of everyday life, most nights we aren’t faced with ideal conditions, so we have to improvise in order to get the rest we need. Get a good night’s rest despite whatever’s ailing you with these sleeping positions to help you sleep easily no matter what you’re dealing with.

  • Sinus Pressure/Problems
    • If you’re experiencing problems with your sinuses, especially congestion due to a cold or illness, you know how difficult it can be to breathe let alone sleep well while you’re suffering. To combat the pressure and help relieve some of the pain in the morning, sleep at night on your back with your head elevated. This will allow your sinuses to drain and eliminate some of the pressure.
  • Indigestion/GI Problems
    • If you’re suffering from indigestion, you could end up tossing and turning all night trying to find some relief. Believe it or not, the side of your body that you sleep on can actually impact the discomfort you’re experiencing. Studies have shown that sleeping on your right side can actually exacerbate problems like heartburn while sleeping on your left side will help to soothe them.
  • High Blood Pressure
    • If you’re in the 29% of the population that experiences high blood pressure, then you’re one of the 75 million Americans who likely has problems sleeping when your blood pressure gets too high. If it’s difficult to catch some shuteye when your blood pressure is too high, try sleeping on your stomach. Studies have shown a consistent decrease in blood pressure when participants sleep on their stomachs versus sleeping on their sides or backs.
  • Headaches
    • Headaches can range in severity from mildly irritating to downright debilitating depending on the person and on the day. If you find that you can’t get to sleep at night because you have a headache, or you’re waking up each morning with one, adjusting the way you sleep can help reduce the number and intensity of the headaches you experience. Since they can be caused by tension in your neck, find a pillow that will give your head and neck support. You can also consider supporting your head on all sides with pillows to keep your head from moving too much.