This Sleep Position Will Wreak Havoc on Your Health

Brace yourself — this information may be a lot to stomach.

According to experts, people who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to have a variety of health issues, with one of the most significant complaints being lower back pain.

“If you already have neck and back problems, sleeping in this position is almost guaranteed to make them worse,” said Dr. Tony Nalda of the Scoliosis Reduction Center.

Additionally, sleeping on the stomach can also make it more difficult to breathe.

“Front sleeping can make it harder to breathe deeply because the position compresses your diaphragm,” continued Nalda.

In addition, stomach sleeping can stress your heart. 

“By pressing on your chest, you make it harder for blood to circulate,” Nalda said. “Over time, this increases the risk of cardio issues, especially if you already have problems. If you struggle to breathe deeply, it can lead to higher blood pressure.”

The front-sleeping position appears to be a headache in more than one way.

Stomach sleeping can cause migraines, neurological issues, and pinched nerves as a result of sleeping with a twisted neck.

Sleep Foundation says that sleeping on your stomach could lead to more facial wrinkles than other positions because the position compresses a person’s face on the pillow.

Pregnant women should avoid sleeping on their stomachs because it can lead to an increased risk of premature birth, more painful labor, sleep deprivation, and postpartum depression.

Changing your sleeping position could be easy if you are a stomach sleeper trying to improve your health and get better quality sleep.

The Sleep Foundation’s website states, “Sleeping on your back or your side offers significantly more health benefits and less discomfort than sleeping on your stomach.”

The foundation continued, “For example, one study of sleepers with back pain found that those who switched to side or back sleeping reported significantly less back pain.”

Side sleeping is beneficial for individuals who suffer from sleep apnea, a breathing condition, since the position keeps the airway open.

Back sleeping keeps the spine in alignment but may not be the best option for people with sleep apnea since their tongues may fall into the back of their throats.