In general the desirable sleeping position is halfway on the side because
you can relax more with better blood flow. However, it is always the best
as long as you feel comfortable.
Old Chinese saying used to describe proper gesture on kungfu masters: "Sit
like a giant bell in the temple, stand upright as firm as a pine tree,
lie down like a sleeping buddha, and walk to carry with air circulate around"
The pros and cons of various positions
1¡C On the back
The supine position is a typical sleeping position when one is extremly
tired or drunk. In this position, saliva can easily fall into the trachea,
likely to cause snoring, choking, or even stagnation in breathing. Without
providing proper conducive for the lungs, there could be bad effects to
the respiratory function. Therefore, changing to a different position after
a period of time is more desirable.
2¡C On the stomach
Sleeping like a baby on the tummy is good for those who often drool. However,
the chest can feel oppressed, not healthy in the long run. The drawback
is it may affect blood flow, heart beat and breathing. Traditional Chinese
always encourages people to ensure a good respiratory condition to sleep.
3¡CCurling up the body
Sleeping with a curled body is a bad sleeping position. It is harmful to
back and neck. According to researches, 20% of the back or neck pain problem
is due to poor sleeping position. Traditional Chinese Medicine always suggests
to keep their back and neck straight while sitting, standing or lying down.
Without straightening the back for 6 plus hours is not healthy. This position
should be avoided.
4¡CArm under the head
This sleep position is unconscious. You may be thinking too much on bed
the arm under the head, but unwittingly fell asleep. You will wake up to
find no feeling at all in the arm from shoulder to fingers. Hiding the arm
under the head motionless for hours will cause compression on nerves along
the arm. This can lead to paralysis of the forearm, wrist and fingers. Furthermore,
this position also jeopardizes blood circulation. Upon deep in sleep, because
we are not aware of the situation to make an adjustment, we can quickly
enter a period of paralysis. So it is important not to make it a habit to
use your arm as the pillow.
5¡CSleeping on the side
Sleeping sideway will put the full body weight on your arm and leg on
one side. At the beginning you may not feel anything wrong. But when it
became a habit, problems such as blood stasis will arise. Experts studied
2,000 cerebral infarction patients and found that more than 95% have a habit
of sleeping sideway. For those who have atherosclerosis will increase the
barriers on blood flow, particularly on the neck, and can easily cause artery
injury. To avoid the risk, it is better to sleep on half side and switch
to a supine position from time to time.