Health & Beauty
Position Yourself for Better Sleep
Waking up on the right side of the bed could be as simple as changing your sleep posture
Who/What It's Bad For:
While sleeping face-up helps keep wrinkles at bay, it's not the perfect position for sleepers with sinus issues such as allergies, sinus headaches, snoring or sleep apnea. "If you already have sinus problems, sleeping on your back will only push existing drainage up your sinuses further and increase pain," says Dr. Breus. All of that mucus (apologies for the graphic mental image) falls to the back of the throat as you're sleeping, which can cause you to wake up frequently with coughing attacks. Rather than try to switch sleeping positions (a near-impossible task), Dr. Breus recommends trying to treat your allergies or sleep apnea first. Sleeping on your back is still ideal, mucus aside.
Board certified spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed, MD, who's been featured on "The Doctors," "The Steve Hardy Show" and "Dr. Oz," suggests choosing a mattress with plenty of support that allows you to sink into it. "Memory foam reduces stress on pressure points and is good for the spine (and helps absorbs movement if your partner is a restless sleeper). Latex mattresses are another good option, and if you want to save money, latex toppers are available." Although they seem quite messy (and a little '70s), waterbeds are also ideal for back sleepers.
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