The 6 Most Common Sleeping Positions (Backed by Science) and How They Affect Your Health 42

The 6 Most Common Sleeping Positions (Backed By Science) and Their Implications For Your Health

This is a guest post by Yannick, the head of a team of product investigators at Best Patrols.

Are you waking up with back pain or a sore throat? Do you snore too much? Or if you don’t: would you want to keep those issues far away from you?

Well, then the key could very well lie in your sleeping position.

For even with an appropriate pillow and mattress, many people prioritize comfort over proper posture. This often means sleeping in a way that is bad for your neck, back and joints, and this in turn can cause or aggravate health issues like back pain, acid reflux or “aesthetic” issues such as snoring.

That’s why this article and infographic discuss the health benefits of particular sleeping positions from a scientific perspective.

The article is based on the findings of sleep researches and the infographic will add his findings on the correlation between sleeping positions and personality.

So let’s jump right in and see which sleeping positions can be of benefit to you.

1. Back Positions for Pain Relief.

Sleeping on your back is a very comfortable way to get a good night’s rest for a lot of people and when on a good mattress, results can be optimal.

The most common positions in which people sleep on their back are the soldier and the starfish. These positions work by alleviating the pressure on your discs and spreading weight evenly across your neck, spine, and joints, thus reducing and preventing pain.

Sleeping in the soldier position with a plush pillow underneath your knees can alleviate lower back pain.

Just in case you care about aesthetics, you’ll be pleased to know that sleeping on your back is also a natural way to minimize wrinkles and maintain the perkiness of your breasts.

Many people often sleep in this position the wrong way which can cause pain.

To fix or prevent this, you should aim for your neck to align with your spine. This can be done with pillow support or by adjusting the position of your mattress. A good mattress is key when it comes to sleeping on your back because it can be therapeutically comforting.

Back sleepers tend to need more support than side sleepers so a medium firm memory foam mattress will give you the adequate cushioning your back needs.

2. Side Positions to Prevent Snoring.

Unlike back sleeping positions, sleeping on your side in the log or yearner posture is a great way to keep snoring under control.

Professor Idzikowski claims that sleeping on your left side positions your stomach underneath the esophagus thus prompting gravity to chime in and keep reflux under control. However, sleeping on your side for too long can cause nerve compression and even worse conditions like sciatic nerve pain so to keep this at bay, ensure you alternate from your left to right when sleeping.

Ensure you pillow is firm and high enough to support your head as this prevents neck pain and stiffness.

Sleeping on your side is one of the best ways to get a good night’s rest and combined with the layers of a memory foam mattress, it will provide your body with some stability by adapting to your sleeping position.

3. Stomach Positions to Help you Feel Sleepy.

Sleeping on your stomach is a great way to induce sleep because your movements tend to be quite restricted which results in fewer disturbances. However,  the cons outweigh the pros with this position.

Professor Idzikowski has shown that this way of sleeping can come with potential disadvantages and put pressure on your lungs and organs. It can also put a strain on your neck from all the twisting during the night. With that being said, the best mattress for stomach sleepers are soft or plush memory foam mattresses because they allow the body to fall into its natural curve.

So, your style of sleeping does impact your health – but it’s up to you to decide whether this impact is of a positive or negative nature.

When you sleep in good sleeping positions, you can alleviate and prevent pain and soreness in different areas of your body. When you sleep incorrectly, you stand the risk of causing long-term damage and developing back pains, sore throats and snoring.

Adjusting your sleeping position to a more healthy one may take a while, but you can habitualize it like any other beneficial behavior.

So check out the infographic below for all the pros and cons of the most common sleeping positions, and start improving your health while you sleep.

Sleeping Positions & Health

What about you? What are your favorite sleeping positions, and do you think you can optimize the way you sleep?

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
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Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.