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What should you know about sleeping positions?

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Chances are that one thing about your sleep routine is pretty consistent. Even if your bedtime changes nightly, or you wake up at wildly different times each morning, there's probably one position that's your favorite for slumber. Unfortunately, the position that you find most comfortable might end up causing health problems, ranging from aches to sleep apnea. Learn about the pros and cons of common ways to sleep, and discover easy tips on making each position a little bit better for you.

SOURCES:

Better Sleep Council: "Sleep Positions."

Journal of Neuroscience : "The Effect of Body Posture on Brain Glymphatic Transport."

Sleep.org: "The Best Sleep Position for Your Body," "Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Healthy Sleep," "What Is Sleep Apnea?"

National Sleep Foundation: "Snoring and Sleep."

Henry Ford Health System: "Study: Snoring May Be Early Sign of Future Health Risks."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

SOURCES:

Better Sleep Council: "Sleep Positions."

Journal of Neuroscience : "The Effect of Body Posture on Brain Glymphatic Transport."

Sleep.org: "The Best Sleep Position for Your Body," "Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Healthy Sleep," "What Is Sleep Apnea?"

National Sleep Foundation: "Snoring and Sleep."

Henry Ford Health System: "Study: Snoring May Be Early Sign of Future Health Risks."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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