How to sleep better and prevent snoring and sleep apnoea

The average person spends one third of their life sleeping but studies suggest that almost half of us suffers from some form of sleep deprivation, with one half of that number doing nothing to help themselves sleep better.

Sleep deprivation, often caused by snoring, and in its worst form sleep apnoea, has been shown conclusively to contribute to depression, premature skin aging, increased stress, and serious impairment of both concentration and judgement. Worse still it is known to make a major contribution to diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

Sleeping Positions

While medication and therapy are possible solutions, getting better sleep may be as simple as finding the right sleep position and wearing a simple mouthpiece that will stop you snoring immediately.

You probably already know that the position you sleep in has a lot to do with how well you sleep — but did you know just how many pros and cons come along with each one? Of course, once we fall asleep, we may not have a lot of control over which position into which we curl our bodies… but it’s still kind of nice to know what’s going on while we’re asleep.

During sleep, our body should be resting not stressing and here are the best three positions for sleeping:

Side Sleeper
Pros – the foetal position, or sleeping on your side is the most widely used sleeping position. Some say that it is the most comfortable sleeping position because it reminds our body and brain of the comfort while inside our mother’s womb.  Sleeping on the side helps reduce acid reflux and heartburn. But which side is best?  For women who are pregnant, doctors suggest sleeping on the left because it is said to improve the circulation of the heart.
Cons – the first to suffer is the arm – right or left – whichever side you choose to lie on. The arm suffers numbness due to the compressed circulation in the blood vessels while the whole body rests upon it.

Stomach Sleeper – This can be usually observed in babies but this could not be done by pregnant women, for obvious reasons.
Pros – there are only two known advantages of sleeping in this position and those are the eradication of snoring and prevention for those people suffering with sleep apnoea.
Cons – a lot. Sleeping your stomach disrupts body functions while sleeping.  It is also one of the causes for spinal misalignment.  If you are suffering from lower back pain it may be because you have been sleeping this way. While sleeping on your stomach, the head is turned in order for you to breath.  This causes neck strains.  Chest pains can also be felt after sleeping in this position for long periods.
The cure – train yourself to sleep on your side. Put a pillow on your side to gently push your body to move while you sleep.  Or put a pillow below your hips to assist your spine while sleeping on stomach position.

Back Sleeper – the best position ever!
Pros – sleeping on your back has a lot of benefits especially for your spine. It maintains the alignment of your spine and neck. If you are worried about wrinkles then this position is best way to avoid getting them while you sleep since the face is devoid of any crushing.
Cons – for those suffering from snoring and sleep apnoea, sleeping on your back promotes this. Gravity is the culprit.  Sleeping on your back forces the tongue to move back, blocking air passages.  Using a good pillow works, but not too many, since a curved neck during sleep also blocks the air passageways.

We usually sleep in the position that we find most comfortable but during the night it changes, and most of the time, we wake up in a different position than the one in which we fell asleep.

Add the stop snoring mouthpiece to this – for which we have many times stressed the benefits – and blissful sleep awaits you followed by a refreshing feeling each morning.

John Redfern