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More 'ouch' than 'Zzz...'
There’s nothing worse than waking up and realising you have a banging headache. Considering that sleep normally cures headaches, you’ll be surprised to hear that 1 in 13 of us wake up with one (and no, we’re not talking about the hangover type of headache, either). So, just why do these occur?
It seems as if bad sleeping posture could be bringing these annoying morning headaches on, especially if your body stays in a certain position during your 8 hours or so of slumber. When you’re sleeping, your muscles don’t work as hard to support you because you’re lying down, but this in turn means that when you get up, your muscles tighten and struggle to support your spine and/or neck resulting in a banging headache. Tossing and turning in your sleep is also often an indicator that you’re falling asleep in disruptive positions as it’s the physical discomfort that’s waking you up.
These are the sleep positions you need to watch out for…
The foetal position
It might feel instinctual but curling up in a ball like this forces our shoulders forward, which can cause a lot of tension in your neck. And once your neck tenses and locks, you can expect a filthy headache in the AM.
Sleeping on your stomach
This position makes you twist your head and neck in an unnatural way so it again brings on tension.
Putting your arm over your head
This can cut off circulation and put pressure around your nerves which disrupts blood flow.
So what position is the ideal?
It’s called ‘the corpse.’ Yes, just imagine you’re lying in a coffin (cheery visual, we know) as lying on your back is the best position to sleep in as it keeps your spine straight and blood flowing. But, if you’re a snorer, this position might be tricky for you, so consider sleeping on your side as straight as you possibly can and don’t elevate your neck too much.