The healthiest position for sleep is on the side, according to researchers at the University of Cleveland in the US state of Ohio.
People who sleep on their stomachs or backs may injure their spinal column slightly, according to the German edition of Men's Health magazine. Lying in those positions, as opposed to on one's side, can change the spine's natural shape. Researchers say sleeping in a stabile side position is best.
To protect the neck vertebrae, the neck should also be held in a straight side position. Slightly flexing the knees and hips can also help reduce pressure on the spinal column. In addition to a pillow for the head, placing one between the knees is recommended. This relieves strain on the sciatic nerve in the thigh. – (Sapa-dpa)