Sleeping On Your Stomach May Trigger These 2 Health Complications
Sleeping on your stomach
Is it bad to sleep on your stomach? The short answer is “yes.” While sleeping on your stomach can reduce snoring and decrease sleep apnea, it is also taxing on your back and neck. This can lead to poor sleep and discomfort throughout the day. If you are pregnant, you should be especially careful about your sleeping position and avoid sleeping on your stomach if you can.
What are the health complications associated with sleeping on your stomach?
1. Spinal problems
If you sleep on your stomach, you can put a strain on your back and spinal cord, and a strain on your back and spine can cause problems anywhere in your body.
Stress on the spine increases stress on other structures in your body. Also, since the spine is a conduit for your nerves, spinal stress can cause pain almost anywhere in your body. You may also feel tingling and numbness, as if parts of you have “gone to sleep” (while the rest of you is uncomfortably wide awake).
So don’t sleep on your stomach, as it is not healthy for your spine and overall health. There are other sleeping positions, you can try them.
2. Neck problems
If you are the kind of person who sleeps on your stomach, then you will agree with me when I say that sleeping on your stomach is not possible unless you twist your face to the right or to the left. It is impossible to sleep face down while sleeping in this position, this can cause your head and spine to become misaligned, twisting your neck, and in the long run can cause neck problems. In the long run, this can even become serious.
The neck problem that you really don’t want is a herniated disc. This is where there is a rupture of the gelatinous disc between your vertebrae. When this gel expands out of the disc, it can irritate the nerves.