Your sleep position will generally depend on your comfort. However, there are positions that are recommended by experts when it comes to health.
While most of them advise that you sleep on your back, there are a number of reasons why you should not sleep on your right side. If you prefer this side, it may be time for you to reevaluate your choice because of the following:
For Pregnant Women
While it is not a big no-no because there are times when you cannot control your position as you sleep, doctors tell expecting moms to avoid the right side. There are quite a few reasons why, including:
- You are reducing the blood circulation your unborn baby is getting.
- Some experts believe sleeping on the right side is bad for the placenta, which has a huge role in the health of your baby.
- You also restrict the nutrients your baby can get through the food you eat.
- Because you weigh more than normal, sleeping on the right side for a prolonged period of time can put pressure on your liver. This can be detrimental to your health.
- The most dreaded effect of right side sleeping is that it increases the risk of stillbirth. This risk doubles during the final semester, so avoid sleeping on your right as much as possible.
For Your Health
Even if you are not pregnant, you should try to avoid sleeping on your right side. This sleep position can give you a few health disadvantages, which include the following:
- Heartburn: Most pregnant women are prone to heartburn. However, adults can also suffer from heartburn and sleeping on the right side can worsen the problem.
- Numbness: If you are prone to sleeping on the right side or even the left side, you will notice that you usually wake up with squished arm numbness. This is because you are putting most of your weight on one arm, which results to restricted blood flow. You also press down on your nerves, causing pins and needles or the “rubber arm.” This may wake you up at night and some people are not lucky enough to get back to sleep immediately. Therefore it can also lead to disrupted sleep or worse, insomnia.
- Precancerous: Because gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is bad for your esophagus, the muscular end region right next to your stomach could lead to cancer.
Sleeping on the right side is not completely evil as it does help the heart become healthier by lowering your heart rate as well as your blood pressure. However – assuming that you are not pregnant – the best sleep position for everyone is still sleeping on the back.