Sleep Without A Pillow: Benefits and Disadvantages
Benefits of Sleep Without A Pillow
Disadvantages of Sleeping Without A Pillow
Takeaway: If You Want To Get Better Sleep, Try Sleeping With The Head Tied Back And The Neck Stretched Out For Maximum Comfort!
What Are Some Reasons Why People Don’t Like Sleeping On Their Sides?
1) They feel it’s uncomfortable.
2) They don’t like being on their stomachs.
(They prefer sleeping on their backs.)
The Truth About Sleeping On One’s Sides:
Sleeping on one’s sides does not cause pain, discomfort, or any other negative effects. It may even help you sleep better because your body will naturally fall asleep easier if you are lying down rather than up and down in bed with no support.
However, sleeping on one’s side is not recommended for everyone. If you have back problems, you might want to try sleeping on your back instead. Also, some people experience neck pain when they sleep on their sides. These individuals need to lie flat with their heads tucked into pillows and their necks supported by a firm pillow.
If You Have Trouble Sleeping: How Do I Sleep On My Sides?
If you have trouble sleeping, try sleeping on your sides. Lying on your sides can help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer because it prevents you from constantly tossing and turning. Many people find that when they are lying on their backs, they will tense their stomachs and then in their sleep roll over onto their sides or onto their bellies. By lying on your sides, you will be better able to relax and fall asleep.
Side-sleeping is also beneficial if you have neck pain. By supporting your neck with a pillow that fills the space between your head and the mattress, you will be less likely to wake up with a stiff neck. Specialty pillows are available that can keep your head straight and prevent it from sliding down into the mattress.
Some people find that when they sleep on their sides, their hips and shoulders will hurt in the morning. If this is the case, place a pillow between your knees to take the pressure off of your hips.
How To Sleep Better On Your Side: 3 More Tips
1) Before you go to bed, make sure you remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that could potentially cause pressure or pain while you are sleeping.
(This includes things like wristwatches. It is better to set the time on your alarm clock and keep it by your bed than to take a chance on snagging an important body part on a piece of jewelry and waking up in pain.
2) Wear comfortable, loose-fitting pajamas or nightclothes.
Tight pants or restrictive clothing can put pressure on your skin when you roll over in your sleep, causing pain.
3) Create a relaxing routine before you go to bed.
Take a warm bath, read a book, meditate, pray. Do anything that helps you decompress and clears your mind. Watching stimulating television programs or playing exciting video games can actually do the opposite and excite you to the point that you have a hard time falling asleep.
By following these simple tips, you will be on your way to a better night’s sleep. While some of these tips may seem like common sense, it is surprising how many people ignore their body’s natural needs and limitations. Your body will thank you for treating it right.
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Clocking in Pillow Time without the Pillow by LJ Porrino, JB Daunais, GA Rogers, RE Hampson… – cyberleninka.org
Power sleep: The revolutionary program that prepares your mind for peak performance by JB Maas – 2012 – books.google.com
Pillow use: the behaviour of cervical pain, sleep quality and pillow comfort in side sleepers by SJ Gordon, K Grimmer-Somers, P Trott – Manual therapy, 2009 – Elsevier