Friday, December 23, 2011

Sleeping Positions Good for Digestion

Everyone is advised to not eat at least 2 hours before bedtime. But if a person had to eat in the period, then the sleeping position to know what is good for digestion.

Food consumed before bedtime should not eat heavy, but enough snacks or light meals only. This is because eating before bedtime can cause problems during sleep and make the people do not rest comfortably.

Even so some specific sleeping position can help prevent heartburn and other sleep disorders in people who are forced to eat close to bedtime, as quoted from the Mayo Clinic, Thursday (22/12/2011), namely:

1. Elevate the head position
Mayo Clinic recommends lifting your head slightly elevated about 6-9 inches (15-22 cm). This condition can be done by inserting an additional cushion to help support the head.

This position uses gravity to reduce pain and discomfort associated with heartburn (discomfort in the abdomen), and to prevent back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.

2. Leaning left facing
Studies conducted by the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia found sleeping on your side can prevent discomfort in the stomach at night. If you can not maintain the side sleeping position to the left all night, then try putting extra pillows in the back of the body to prevent the body back and forth.

Also for people with stomach disorders, sleep with the left facing position will make the connection between the stomach and esophagus does not open even though high levels of stomach acid. The results of this study was reported in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

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