3. Kidney Stones
Some studies, such as this one in Nature Reviews Urology, suggest that changing your sleep position may ease the passing of kidney stones. Switching up your sleep position, be it on your right side, left side, front, or back, may allow kidney stones to exit the body. Furthermore, a BMJ study suggests a link between sleeping for extended periods in one position and the formation of kidney stones. Researchers theorize that remaining in one position for an extended period of time may reduce blood flow to a particular region of the kidney, allowing minerals to crystallize into kidney stones.
2. Neck Pain
According to Harvard Health Publishing, sleeping on your back or your side provides the best relief from neck pain. In either position, a supportive feather pillow or memory foam pillow may help keep your neck in a comfortable position. When sleeping on your side, it may be advisable to use a pillow that is higher beneath your neck than your head to provide added support. Ask your doctor to recommend a supportive cervical pillow that will keep your spine aligned and relieve your pain.
During pregnancy, your body may be plagued by back pain, difficulty breathing, heartburn, and the discomfort of your swollen abdomen. The American Pregnancy Association recommends sleeping on your side to help relieve symptoms of back pain and shortness of breath. While on your side, you may find it comfortable to place a pillow beneath your abdomen to give you extra support. If you find it challenging to balance on your side, try placing pillows behind your back for extra support.Related: 6 Diseases Caused by a Lack of Sleep