How Can Your Body Posture While Sleeping Affect Your Health?

shutterstock_205314280Did you know that the position in which you sleep can impact your long-term brain health? A recent study suggests that your sleeping posture can affect how well your brain is able to eliminate waste. Since buildup of this waste can influence poor sleep quality, which in turn increases your risk of developing neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, it is important to help your brain dispose of this waste as efficiently as possible.

According to Stony Brook University, the healthiest way to sleep – in regards to clearing your brain of harmful wastes – is by laying on your side. Already the most natural posture that most people and animals sleep, the lateral position, as opposed to on your stomach or back, allows your brain’s waste disposal system to operate at its highest potential. Additionally, by avoiding sleeping on your back, you could help lessen the severity of sleep apnea. This is because the muscles relax during sleep; the tongue drops back over the airway; and this can result in snoring and/or sleep apnea.

For those suffering from chronically poor sleep, or those who have even been told by a sleep partner that they hold their breath for long periods at night, it is crucial to undergo a sleep study to receive the diagnosis of sleep apnea. To eliminate this dangerous condition, there are dental treatment options available at Aesthetic Dental Care that could help you improve your sleep patterns, potentially lowering your risk of developing a neurological disease. A custom-made dental appliance, for example, can greatly reduce sleep apnea and the associated medical complications. Also, weight control can be the first step to reduce sleep problems.

For more information about sleep apnea or how to improve your sleeping habits, please contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jerry Strauss.


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