Australian nurse and anti-aging specialist Madeline Calfas from The Wellness Group showed why sleeping on your back is the ideal position.
Research has shown that 92 percent of people do not sleep in the correct position at night, which can lead to health problems, sore muscles or a stiff neck.
Ms. Calfas said sleeping on your back can relieve headaches, prevent wrinkles, decrease sinus pressure, and help maintain general spine alignment – and you can exercise yourself in this by placing a pillow under your knees to relieve spinal pressure.
Two pillows can also be used under your head for easy breathing and support. However, this sleeping position is not recommended for people with back problems or sleep apnea.
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Australian nurse and anti-aging specialist Madeline Calfas from The Wellness Group has shown why sleeping on your back is the optimal position for most people
Help with headaches
Ms. Calfas said sleeping on your back is known to help relieve headaches, as other positions can exacerbate them.
"If you have a stomach sleeper, the angle that you keep your neck at for long periods of time can cause muscle shortening, muscle spasms, and misalignment of the cervical spine, which can lead to tension headaches," she said.
"When you sleep on your back, your neck can be in harmony with the rest of your spine, which means that your neck muscles are not tightened."
Headaches can also be caused by sinus problems or extra fluid in the sinuses, which can also be drained by sleeping on your back.
You can train to sleep on your back by placing a pillow under your knees to relieve back pain and relieve spinal pressure
Madeline Calfas (pictured) said sleeping on your back is the best position
This optimal sleeping position helps avoid wrinkles on the face and chest because the skin is no longer exposed to wrinkles for hours due to body positioning and sheets or blankets.
"When you fold your skin, it pushes the skin matrix (which is made up of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid) from under the skin," said Ms. Calfas.
“As we age, our skin matrix production slows down and wrinkles begin to etch. The longer we do this and the older we get, the deeper they get.
"This also applies to the skin around our cleavage. So when you sleep on your side with your arms crossed, the lines and lines between your breasts are promoted," she said.
This optimal sleeping position helps avoid wrinkles on the face and chest because the skin is no longer exposed to wrinkles for hours due to body positioning and sheets or blankets
Eases sinus pressure
Sleeping on your back not only relieves headaches, it can also relieve pressure on your sinuses and unlock your nose and ears.
"As anyone with a history of sinus problems will tell you, lying face down only increases the pressure because gravity picks up the fluid that has built up in the sinus and pushes it forward," said Dr. Said Calfas.
& # 39; The fuller your sinuses, the greater the pressure; Sleeping on your back (sometimes even slightly propped up) allows the sinus fluid to drain, meaning that there are no more puffy eyes and a lot of pressure builds up in your cheek area. & # 39;
It is best to sleep on your back with two pillows behind your head to expose your sinuses – especially if you are sick.
Sleeping on your back can also help reduce sinus pressure and free up your nose and ears
Helps align the spine
Ms. Calfas said that the spine works best when it runs in a straight line and that sleeping on your back is the ideal way to maintain that structure.
"Sleeping on your stomach or twisting on your side can shorten some of the muscles that support your spine and lengthen others. Plus, your body weight is placed in the center of your spine, which is unsupported," she said.
"Over time, this unevenness in muscle length can cause some of the spinal bones to become out of alignment, causing problems not only in your back, but also in your hips, pelvis, knees and feet."
Sleeping on your back allows your muscles to relax and rest while preventing your spine from twisting.
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