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Expert shares which side to sleep on for the best night's rest

Gregory Robinson

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Expert shares which side to sleep on for the best night's rest

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Choosing the correct side to sleep on for the best night’s sleep is a conundrum we face every night - but it turns out that a sleep expert has explained which side is best.

Sleep is extremely important, as you can imagine, since the position you end up in can actually have a long term effect on your health.

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We actually spend a third of lives asleep or resting, so that's a seriously large chunk of our time.

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Dr. Abinav Singh, a sleep medicine physician, spoke to Sleep Foundation about his top tips for sleeping.

The best sleeping position promotes a healthy spine alignment from your head to your hips.

The best sleep position also depends on your individual health. Even though it may feel comfortable to contort yourself into all kinds of positions to find the best spot in bed, sleeping on your back or side sleeping is considered the best.

Yes, we know exactly what you’re thinking - catching z’s while laying on your stomach feels so good, but it’s not good for your insides.

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Sleeping on your stomach might not be the best position. Credit: Newton/Getty Images
Sleeping on your stomach might not be the best position. Credit: Newton/Getty Images

Sleeping on your back is the second most common position and is best for neck pain and nasal congestion.

Relaxing on your side is what most people do, with more than 60 percent of people sleeping on their sides, however men tend to spend more time on their sides than women.

Side-sleeping has lots of benefits, especially since its the position that is the least likely to result in back pain and can reduce heartburn and snoring. It’s even recommended for pregnant women, people with acid reflux, people with back pain, snorers or those with sleep apnoea and older people.

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We’re definitely doing this tonight!

But is one side better than the other, you ask? Well, it actually is.

A sleep expert has shared how we can improve our sleep experience. Credit: Flashpop/Daly
A sleep expert has shared how we can improve our sleep experience. Credit: Flashpop/Daly

Turns out sleeping on your left side is way better for you than sleeping on your right.

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This is because sleeping on the right might increase pressure on your internal organs which is why experts suggest pregnant women and those with acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) adopt this method.

In other sleep news, a lot has been said about the infamous 'yellow pillow' that a lot of men seem to keep in their beds.

According to people on the internet, it provides them with the best sleep.

But if you do have yellow stains on your pillow and don't want them there, what should you do?

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Thankfully, a cleaning expert has come forward with a hack of how to get it back to its original white.

Fortunately, it won't break the bank either as it'll only cost you just 4p.

You can read more about it here.

Topics: Sleep, Life, Real Life

Gregory Robinson
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