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How Sleeping On Your Stomach Affects Your Gut Health

Posted by on February 24, 2019 in News Flash with 2 Comments

In many people, the question arises: “How does sleep on the abdomen affect the healthy functioning of the stomach?” Everything is quite simple, for people who are obese, it is especially harmful to have a position for sleeping on the stomach. When obesity, the fat folds is deposited on the abdomen. When a person with overweight is in the position of sleeping on the abdomen, there is compression of all internal organs of the abdominal cavity, especially the stomach, the sleep of a healthy person lasts from 6 to 8 hours, all this time the stomach is compressed by the weight of the body of a sleeping person, as a result, there is a phenomenon of reflux – getting a small amount of gastric juice into the esophagus. It is dangerous for the further development of heartburn, and over time, there is a likelihood of developing more serious illnesses. In this situation, a violation of the healthy work of not only the stomach but also of the liver, pancreas, heart, and lungs due to the fact that it is these internal organs during the sleep is carried out excessive pressure of the mass of your body, says Psychologytoday.

As a result of constant sleep on the abdomen, organs of the abdominal cavity suffer. As mentioned above, the stomach suffers first of all, because of this there is a high probability of development of gastritis and ulcers, this probability arises as a result of throwing gastric juice into the esophagus, due to compression of the stomach, which may also cause inflammation of the inner skin of this organ. There is also a compression of the liver due to the suffering of this organ, all other organs cease to function properly under their compression.

People who are suffering from a disease, such as atherosclerosis, when cholesterol plaques are contained in one of the arteries, which is compression during abdominal sleep, there is a likelihood that oxygen will not be supplied sufficiently to the human brain. It is extremely dangerous to life.

It is also important to know the following information about the effect on the body that carries a dream on the stomach. The position of the body when a person sleeps on the stomach is not healthy, while the head is strongly turned to the side. At such a position of the head, there is a compression of the carotid artery, which results in the fact that blood in the brain is much worse. This contributes to the appearance of severe headache in the morning and the appearance of edema in your face.

The position of the body when sleeping on the abdomen also squeezes your chest, resulting in troubled breathing during sleep, such a sleep situation contributes to a violation of the normal rhythm of breathing. Such a rest is not healthy, the condition for sleeping on the abdomen does not promote long and healthy rest.

Experienced scholars and doctors claim that people who suffer from pain in the spine need to sleep only on hard surfaces and solely in the back position. Sleep on the stomach also contributes to the appearance of wrinkles on your face, this is due to the fact that during sleep in the abdomen position, your face is pressed against the pillow, and in this position the face is present throughout the sleep period, resulting in a future appearance of wrinkles.

Mattresses designed for stomach sleepers help to reduce pain

In such cases, it is very important to use a specially designed mattress, which prevents negative effects on the stomach, on the spine and other internal organs, which require a comfortable position of the body during sleep, or, it is necessary to use a pillow to be placed in the pelvic area – right under your stomach . This will help to remove excessive pressure on your back, spine and other internal organs. Under the head, too, you can put a pillow, but only if in the use of it does not strain the dorsal muscles. In the case of muscle tension, it is better to sleep without it.

Right mattress is crucial for being healthy regardless the sleeping position you like. If you want to have a good rest you have to use only the best mattress for stomach sleepers, according to  Happysleepyhead.

Pros and cons of sleeping on stomach

Summing up the above, the benefits of sleep on the stomach can be attributed: such a dream is useful for people who have kidney disease, in this position for sleep, the load from this body completely falls. As a result, the kidneys in this position will be able to easily clean and work properly.

People who have a variety of stomach ailments and have problems with the digestive system, for them a dream in a position on a stomach can relieve pain. But there is one thing to do if a person suffers from obesity; in this case, she can not sleep in this position, since excessive pressure on the stomach, liver and other internal organs is occurring because of the probability of development of gastritis, ulcers and other diseases of the internal organs.

The other benefits of sleep on the stomach is that this situation is quite comfortable and allows you to quickly fall asleep, quickly remove the pressure from the spine and relax.

The disadvantages of sleeping on the stomach, which are harmful to the human body, are:

  • partial overlapping of arteries in which blood is supplied;
  • an absence of the required amount of oxygen to the brain;
  • a violation of the normal rhythm of breathing;
  • in the deterioration of the skin;
  • the probable appearance of wrinkles;
  • violation of the healthy work of urinary and genital organs;
  • excessive pressure on a variety of internal organs, primarily on the stomach, liver, due to which there is a probability of development of gastritis, ulcers and other illnesses.

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  1. dgmpeople@gmail.com' Kate Brownell says:

    Nice article to know about the sleeping effect on stomach and gastric system. Sleeping has direct effects on many health effects and proper sleep is very much required. I had suffered from sleep apnea and due to this, I was unable to complete night’s sleep. As a result, I had suffered from digestion problem and gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Now my condition is stable as I am using cpap masks for side sleepers at night and it protects me from sleep apnea and also I am not suffering from indigestion.

  2. dgmpeople@gmail.com' Kate Brownell says:

    Good article to know about the biological benefits of sleep. Sleep is very important for maintaining normal body function. I have suffered from anxiety and stress-related mental depression due to my professional life. The situation is not chronic yet and in order to get rid of this, I have started to use CPAP mask for side sleepers. So far I have very benefited to use this mask and hope very soon ai will able to get my normal condition.

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