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Sleep Positions Can Affect Brain

Most of us have a favorite position when we sleep, on your side, back stomach but which position can reduce your chances of devolving a neurological disease?

According to a study from Stony Brook University, people who sleep on their side are less likely to develop diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

The study says that when we sleep the side position apparently helps remove waste from our brain, kind of an overnight clean up.

I sleep on my side and have for many years, so do I have a cleaner brain that a person who sleeps on their back?

So has evolution created instinctive sleep positions because its effects on the brain.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m more comfortable sleeping on my side.

I also think everyone sleeps better when they are in a relaxed state.

My top five tips for getting into a relaxed state and ready for sleep.

  1. Don’t drink alcohol, booze can keep you from completely relaxing
  2. Don’t drink soda or other beverages that contain caffeine
  3. Take a shower that’s always relaxing
  4. Working out during the day will help relax you at bed time.
  5. Turn off the TV the noise and lights can keep you from relaxing

[via Stoney Brook University]

[via Sleep Foundation]

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