Our Sleeping Position Can Help Us More Than We Realize
We already know how important it is to get a good night’s rest – not only for our physical and emotional well-being, but for our mental health as well. As an asthmatic, I’ve always found that I breathe best when I’m lying on a side. It opens the airways much better.
Individuals with GERD and sleep apnea also find life much easier when they sleep on their side.
A new study takes the benefits of sleep one step further by showing that our sleep position can actually help reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s AND Parkinson’s Disease.
Not only is sleeping on your side better for your breathing and digestive system, it’s beneficial to your brain as well.
This exciting new study (from Stony Brook University) shows that “lateral sleeping” (sleeping on your side) aids your body in removing the brain’s waste products, which naturally build up over the course of the day. Sleeping on your side allows your body to perform this task more efficiently and completely.
It’s when this waste builds up that we run into higher risks of neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Our mission at Out of Bounds is to find and report any and all steps we can take that’ll help put the odds in our favor when it comes to preventing mental decline, memory loss, dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease. When the steps are as simple to implement as this one, we cant’ help but get a little excited.
If you’re accustomed to sleeping on your back or stomach, switching to your side may take a little getting used to. But I think it’s safe to say, the rewards are more than worth it!
Make each moment count double,
~ Joi (“Joy”)