6 Explanations to Discontinue Sleeping on Your Right Side or Stomach

4. It causes heartburn.

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Lying flat, on your right, or straight on your back can cause a problem called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or worsen this problem for anyone who’s experiencing it. This happens when acid and the contents from the stomach rise into the esophagus. The valve that prevents acid from going back out of the stomach area cannot control the reflux because of the gravity in these positions and the contents of the stomach are brought to the bottom of the esophagus, causing heartburn, distress, the taste of acid in the mouth, bad breath, and sometimes even chest pain.

It’s better to:

Sleep on your left side and add an incline at the top of your body. This has been proven to help people who experience GERD episodes feel relief by alleviating the heartburn. In this sleeping position the stomach is in the proper position that forces the food to stay in the stomach and not leak out into the upper area of the stomach and out of the esophagus valve.

5. It can cause chronic neck problems.

It is impossible to breathe properly when sleeping on your stomach if you don’t turn your neck to the side. This sleeping position might lead to the development of chronic neck problems, like herniated disks, because your head and spine are out of alignment and your neck is forced to twist. The series of bones in the spinal cord are protected by discs. A constant poor sleeping position can damage the gelatinous parts of those discs and lead to chronic pain.

It’s better to:

Sleeping on your back is the most natural position for your entire body. Doctors suggest this position to people undergoing chronic spinal pain from arthritis. It’s best to sleep with a small incline under your neck with a foam pillow. You can also try a pillow under each arm to fully relieve your neck from the weight and pressure.

It can put extra pressure on the baby.

If you are about to become a mom, you need to be extra careful with your sleeping habits, not only for your baby, but for your own health and comfort as well. Sleeping on your stomach is the number one position to avoid because the extra weight in the middle of your body puts too much pressure on your spine. More than that, this posture doesn’t give your baby the space it needs to move freely since it is squeezed between the bed and your spine.

It’s better to:

Doctors advise all pregnant women to try sleeping on their left side, since this position increases the blood flow and provides the maximum oxygen levels for both mother and baby.

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