Sleeping on an incline is a great way to achieve comfort and boost blood flow to areas of the body that need it most. But did you know there's much more to it than that? Laying on an incline for sleep or during the day to relieve pains can come with a number of benefits. This is true whether you sleep on a wedged pillow or prop your legs and feet.
Incline sleep therapy is a simple, yet proven method that allows the body to easily heal itself, reduce pain, or add comfort to various parts of the body. Oftentimes this method is recommended by a health professional. (Especially after a injury or in treatment of an ongoing ache or pain.)
It works, it's fast, and it's easy to achieve. Incline sleep therapy works because it allows you to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body, this means more oxygen in an area, and so forth. Meanwhile, you're also reducing pressure and weight on an area, which can decrease any pressures or pains associated with the area.
Elevated sleeping can provide further benefits by redirecting oxygen flow and providing a clearer, less obstructed path for your esophagus. This can reduce snoring or certain cases of sleep apnea. It can also clear up the sinuses and make it easier to breathe at night. Meanwhile, you can pull weight from the throat or chest, while relaxing.
Additional Benefits of Incline Sleep Therapy
However, the perks don't stop there. Aside from incline sleep therapy being plain comfortable, there are additional health benefits that come with it. Including the ability to stop breathing through your mouth at night (and let's face it, drooling!). This can also mean a stop to a runny nose, which leads to more comfortable sleeping at night, especially when suffering from allergies or a cold.
Headaches can be kept at bay when sleeping on an incline; by relieving pressure from the head and sinuses, even repeat headache patients are less likely to feel consistent pressures and pains that can occur when sleeping flat on their back.
Patients who sleep on an incline can also reduce shortness of breath, while lessening heart congestion or inflammation. While the latter two might not be directly felt, sleepers are more likely to feel more comfortable and relaxed in these instances.
Should You Sleep on an Incline?
If you suffer from instances listed above, it's not a bad idea to try sleeping on an incline to find some relief. You can also talk to your doctor or another health professional about incline therapy and whether they recommend this treatment, or in what capacity they believe you can benefit.
However, you certainly don't need a doctor's recommendation to try sleep therapy with an incline, in fact, many love it just because it's so comfortable! Try resting on a Contour foam wedge or another specialized pillow to start feeling instant, lasting results.
Check out our selection of bed wedge pillows for back & side sleepers today to learn more about your incline sleeping options.