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Side-Sleeping Improves Mental Rest And Reduces The Risk Of Alzheimer And Other Neurological Diseases

Body position plays an important role for getting a good night´s sleep providing our body with the needed rest. Sleep influences our overall health, since it affects mind and body directly. You can consider different “best sleeping positions” according to the needs in each situation. This article focuses this topic from the mental point of view, and the relationship between sleep, Alzheimer´s disease and other neurological diseases.

In a 2007 study published in The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, researchers found most people favored the side-sleeping position, and they were less likely to report waking up during the night bothered by neck, shoulder, or arm pain, compared to others who slept in any other position.

The lateral or side sleep position is the top sleeping position in humans and most animals (even in the wild). It appears that we have adapted this sleep position to effectively clear the brain of waste products that built up while we are awake.

Sleep Position Affects Efficiency of Brain Fluid Filtering

Researchers published findings in the Journal of Neuroscience that shows sleeping on your side is best for your brain's nighttime processes of clearing out waste and harmful chemicals, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that threaten to disrupt the normal function of cells and tissue.

How Sleeping On Your Side Helps

Sleeping in the lateral position can improve the waste removal process because it encourages the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that circulates in the channels throughout the brain to remove waste products.

Also sleeping on your side is the most common sleeping position, and it’s a fairly good one. Side sleeping elongates your spine, which is beneficial for reducing neck and back pain, and is generally ok for those with acid reflux.

Your facial skin may suffer with extra wrinkles, however, thanks to the extra time spent against the pillow. And the force of gravity may contribute to breast sag among women side sleepers.

Keep in mind that the ‘healthiest’ way to sleep on your side is to place a pillow between your knees and thighs to support your upper leg. This will prevent your lower spine from rotating forward, which can potentially contribute to back or hip pain. For pregnant women, sleeping on the left side is said to be best for blood flow and circulation.

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