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[ 2011-05-19 12:40 ]

1. Recovery Position 侧卧


GOOD FOR: Acid reflux


BAD FOR: Wrinkles


WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Known as the recovery position because it's similar to the posture used in medical emergencies, this can help reduce acid reflux and aid indigestion. But it puts increased pressure on the nasolabial folds that run from the corners of the nose to the sides of the mouth - known as laughter lines.


ACTION: If sleeping on your left side doesn't help, and heartburn and indigestion are still proving a problem, prop up the head of your bed slightly, so that the upper body is higher than the stomach. This can help reduce acid reflux when sleeping, as gravity keeps the acid in the stomach. There has been some discussion that a silk pillow can help to reduce wrinkles caused by pressure when sleeping.


2. The Corpse 仰卧


GOOD FOR: Arthritis


BAD FOR: Asthma, snoring, sleep apnoea, heart health


WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Sleeping on your back is a good option for those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain. This is because sleeping on your back distributes weight evenly throughout the body, without putting strain on any specific area. However, the same sleep position is well known to aggravate snoring. Sleep apnoea is a more serious condition where the throat closes off completely, leading to intermittent pauses in breathing which last for ten seconds or more.


ACTION: If this is your favourite sleeping position, then make sure you invest in a firm pillow. A lack of support for the neck and upper spine can cause tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders, resulting in pain. For those who snore only when sleeping on their back, placing a pillow under their upper back may encourage them to change sleeping position and shift onto their side or front.


3. Foetal Postion 蜷成一团

GOOD FOR: Lower back pain



BAD FOR: Neck pain, headaches


WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Sleeping like this can help repair wear and tear in the back. it is important to make sure the neck is kept in alignment with the rest of the body. In other words, ensure that your pillow is not too high or too low, as this can strain the muscles and nerves in the neck, leading to head and neck pain in the morning.


ACTION: Finding a pillow that properly fills the gap between the shoulders and the neck will help to prevent any neck strain or headaches. Get your partner to lie in this position and look at their spine and neck — they should be in a straight line.


4. Spooning 侧抱


GOOD FOR: Reducing stress


BAD FOR: Causing aches and pains


WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Lying in each other's arms can certainly boost the strength of a relationship. Physical touch, even while sleeping, can reduce feelings of stress in both men and women. However, this position can mean you are forcing your body into a position that can exacerbate existing aches and strains in the joints and muscles.


ACTION: When sharing a bed with a partner, it is important to be selfish about your sleeping arrangements. Find a good starting position that is comfortable for you, even if this means putting distance between the two of you.


5.The Sunbather 俯卧


GOOD FOR: Snoring


BAD FOR: Teeth grinding, pain and numbness in hands


WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Sleeping on the front will help to prevent snoring, as the muscles of the throat will not sag backwards under gravity. However, if you're a teeth grinder it can make the condition even worse. When people sleep on their front, their lower jaw is positioned further forward than normal. Also, you have to rotate your neck to either the left or right, causing strain on one side. Nerve compression occurs when the bones of the spine press on the nerves in the neck.


ACTION: You could also try sleeping on a pillow placed lengthwise under your stomach to your shoulders, as this can help to reduce the arching of the back.







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