9 thoughts on “Sleeping positions”

  1. Dear Rani
    That was a very interesting video clip.It was very beneficial to find out what sleeping posions 😴😴are better for you. With all my back problems I think I will try to put a rolled towel to my back and also try sleeping with a pillow between my legs as shown in that video. Praxy


  2. Thanks Rani..We are unsure whether any of the advice given in this clip is evidence based.! Much has been written about sleep because, we spend almost half our lives in bed.Interestingly, we do not spend the whole night in the same position, as seen during polysomnography studies.The important aspect of body morphology is not taken into account as most of these positions cannot be comfortably maintained by many , apart from the young lass in the video.What about the bed partners and their movements through the night.!!
    Sleep is very important and what I have noticed in my travels and staying in plush hotels is that the bed ,mattress and the pillows make a lot of difference. The best Hotels change both mattresses and pillows often.I think we need to up grade our mattresses and pillows more often for better sleep. Pillows sulk and mattresses sink with time..Eddie.


  3. Thanks for the comments

    I am certain the body “alignment, “during sleep positions is a major health factor, More than the mattress
    The position of your body when sleeping makes a huge difference to the shape of your spine, especially arching, twisting or wrenching. it’s about finding the position that works best for you , and ideal for your ailment

    Body type remains the criterion for choosing mattress firmness, and it’s important to find a mattress that has the balance between soft and firm that is right for you. Softer, but not sagging, mattresses are best for people whose waists are narrower than their hips. These mattresses aid sleep by absorbing greater pelvic weight. Individuals whose hips and waists are of equal proportions can benefit by firmer, but not hard, mattresses.

    Sleep position for GORD

    .The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, scientists recruited a group of healthy subjects and fed them

    high-fat meals on different days to induce heartburn. Immediately after the meals, the subjects spent

    four hours lying on one side or the other as devices measured their esophageal acidity. Ultimately, the researchers found that “the total amount of reflux time was significantly greater” when the subjects Were sleeping on the right side.

    Also sleeping on the left side has todo with the anatomy ,the rotation of the stomach in the abdominal cavity?
    Sleeping on the left side will orientate the stomach in a dependent position ,decreasing the amount of reflux .??



    1. Dear Rani
      It is very interesting to read your explanation of the sleeping position to relieve stomach acidity. I have noticed that because of the pain killers I take I have nocturnal acid reflux . I have noticed though that at night if I change my sleeping position I feel better. But I have not noticed which positiin it is.Tonight I will definitely see whether sleeping on the left is the one that helps. Cheers. Praxy


  4. Thanks Rani and Eddie. I think starting sleep in the foetal position is evidence based for low backache. Both Nirmali and I have back problems and have been trying this out for sometime. We have even changed mattresses and then changing the position of the mattress every three months. I cannot say for sure whether it has been beneficial. We clutch at any advice short of expensive surgery. Thanks again.


    1. Dear Narme
      I have had two operations on the back for spinal stenosis with Osteophytes and prolapsed discs . The first one in 2003 and the other in 2013. I felt marvellous after the first one and the benefits lasted for 10 years which was great. The second one was not helpful as my osteoarthritis was far too advanced and after the op the Neurosurgeon told me that he could do nothing without damaging the spinal cord so he could not do much . Now I am having acupuncture. Have had only one so far but depending on what the cause is Iam sure an op would help . Praxy


  5. Dear Praxy
    Another explanation
    Several studies have found that sleeping on the right side aggravates heartburn; sleeping on the left tends to calm it.
    One hypothesis holds that right-side sleeping relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, between the stomach and the oesophagus


  6. Thanks Rani for the video. As Eddie pointed out we move constantly during our sleep. I usually start in an approved position as seen in the video. However when I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night or in the morning , I am usually on my back.



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