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How Your Sleeping Position Could Be Impacting Your Sleep Quality

Recently, I fell off the wagon and went back to my old mistress…stomach sleeping.

Because so much “stomach sleeper shaming” ;) tends to happen on these lists, I did find it to be a breath of fresh air when last week I read the book Sleep Interrupted. The audible version consisted of nearly 6 hours devoted to specifically how sleep positions can impact your breathing and health.

Here are some of the things I learned that you can apply to your sleep:

  • Sleep & Breath: The way we sleep makes a difference in how we breathe. Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) sounds like a fancy syndrome, but if you’re ever dealt with ANY of the items below (all of us??), than you’ve likely temporary experienced some level of SDB:

      1.   Cold

      2.   Allegires

      3.   Flu

      4.   Weight Gain (even just a few pounds can disrupt airway passages and disrupt sleep!)

      5.    Pregnancy

      6.    Injuries

      7.    Hospitalization

      8.    Certain Medications

      9.    Snoring

  • Throat Anatomy: Humans are unique among the rest of the animal kingdom because we can speak thanks to our proportionally long necks and small mouths. Because of this, our sleeping position turns out to be very important since many of us we unknowingly “interrupt” our own breathing while we sleep.


  • Facial Anatomy: Weston A. Price studied and photographed tribal groups around the world in the early part of the 20th century. He documented how the teeth, jaw, and throat structures were markedly superior in these groups who lived off the land verses the majority of our “civilized” society living on the Standard American Diet (SAD!). The reason that this is important is not for vanity (although that’s nice!) but because our facial anatomy impacts our breathing capabilities…particularly when we sleep!

  • Environment: Once you select the sleep position for you, powerfully setup your sleep environment accordingly:

      •   Amazon List for Stomach Sleepers

      •   Amazon List for Side Sleepers

      •   Amazon List for Back Sleepers

      •   Mouth Taping: I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again! This one practice can make a big difference in your sleep quality, no matter your selected sleeping position. While taping your mouth may sounds nuts, it encourages nostril breathing over mouth breathing and can be the difference between multiple wakeups and virtually none. I use these.

As always, please send me your thoughts on this week’s obsession OR any books, articles, products, or innovations that you are currently going nuts over.

-Mollie

Resources

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Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality

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