World sleep day observed every year annually on the Friday before the March Equinox (20th, March 2020). This year it falls on 13th March. The day highlights the importance of sleep in our lives and tells us why sleeping for almost 7-8 hours a day is important for everyone.
Organised by the World Sleep Society, it aims to draw the attention of the people to various sleeping disorders and also focuses on the importance of sleep. World sleep day this year is being celebrated with the slogan – ‘Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet’.
Half of the population is suffering from sleeping disorders. The main reason behind this can be our sedentary lifestyle and stress due to work or our hectic schedules.
However, it is important for everyone to be able to receive the maximum amount of sleep. Additionally, one can follow these sleeping postures to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Sleeping postures you must follow to ensure proper sleep
Sleeping on the stomach
Also known as the prone position, this sleeping posture is followed by many people. Sleeping in this position can help ease snoring but it can lead to other problems as well.
If you are somebody who sleeps on your stomach, you may develop a neck or back pain. It can even create a sense of numbness.
Sleeping on the back
This sleeping posture is considered as the best sleeping position as this position gives proper rest to your spine by keeping the spine and neck aligned. It also prevents our arms, shoulders from getting jammed.
It can also relieve hips and knee pain as well. However, sleeping too much on the back can pose a danger too. This can create snoring problems and is not recommended for people suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleeping on your side
Sleeping on your side especially on your left side can help in reducing snoring, sleep apnea and low risk of heartburn. It also wards off our back as well as neck pain.
However, if you are a side sleeper, you can also develop wrinkles on your skin. People suffering from snoring, acid reflux should prefer sleeping on their sides.
A person who sleeps in this position tries to sleep in a curled up way. This position is considered good for pregnant women as it aids in blood circulation. However, this position can add a little pressure to our abdomen and cause pain in our back.
People who sleep in this position sleep on their sides with their arms down next to their bodies. This position is not good for arthritis patient, however, it may be good for people who snore.
Tips to improve your sleep quality this World Sleep Day
- Exercising regularly can help improve our sleep quality. Although one must not exercise at night as it may hamper our sleep cycle.
- Avoid sleeping too much during the day time as it may make you sleep deprived at night
- Try to keep your mobile phones or laptop away for at least one hour before sleeping.
- Eat light meals at night as it may create problems in your stomach. Make sure you avoid eating dinner just before bedtime. Try to take dinner 2 hours before bedtime.
- Stay away from caffeinated drinks during the night.
Wish you splendid sleeping lifestyle………..