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5 Common Sleeping Positions and How they Affect your Health

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Everyone seems to hit the hay a different way, whether it’s sprawled out like an eagle or knees curled to chest. However, while you may have found the perfect sleeping positing that’s most comfortable, the way you sleep could say more about you than you think.

Various positions not only affect how you feel physically in the morning and throughout the day—they can also affect your brain, according to a 2015 article from the Huffington Post. While you move around a lot at night (more than you think), here are 5 prominent sleeping poses and how they could be affecting your overall well-being…

 

1. Side Sleeping

Side sleeping is the most popular sleeping position, according to the HuffPost article, and it is also most common among animals. However, nature may have had a good reason for making it this way—the article says that side sleeping is possibly the most effective way to “clear our brain of the metabolic waste products that built up while we are awake.”

While this theory has only yet been proven in mice, this nightly clearing of the brain through what is called the glymphatic system may reduce the occurrence of neurological diseases in humans, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, according to the article.

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