You could be doing something every day that’s jeopardizing your health. Sleeping in the wrong position. Here’s what you need to know:
- Attention, back sleepers. If you’re a snorer, you need to pick a different position. Dr. David Volpi is the director of the Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center. He says people who snore, may have sleep apnea. That’s when your tongue falls back and blocks your airway, which causes you to have trouble breathing. The fix: Raise the head of your bed six inches by putting bricks under it. That way, your head will be at an angle. So your tongue is less likely to block your airway.
- Then, would you believe that sleeping on your right side could cause heartburn? Sleeping on your right side may increase your heartburn symptoms because the acid takes longer to clear out of your esophagus when you lay on your right side. Lying on the left side relaxes a muscle in the lower esophagus, allowing less acid to come in contact with delicate tissues and cause burning. Plus, it creates more room in the stomach for acids to pool, making it less likely they’ll come back up and bother you.
- Stomach sleepers: Snoozing on your stomach could age you. Dr. Leslie Baumann is the author of “Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practices.” She says that squashing your face in your pillow in the same position for eight or more hours every night can cause wrinkles. The fix: If you have to sleep on your face, make water your new best friend. Research shows that water keeps your skin moisturized, which helps prevent wrinkles. So, make sure you stay hydrated and drink eight glasses a day.