"She slipped the dirk from under her pillow..."
May 2, 2012 11:29 PM Subscribe
Should I train myself to sleep on my back?
posted by DisreputableDog to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This came of a weird and random thought the other night, after reading some of a Game of Thrones book before going to sleep. I wondered, "How did people ever trust themselves to sleep with a knife under their pillow? Didn't they ever cut their hands or arms badly?"
Which then made me think of all those movies and stories of knights and warriors sleeping at the ready. Obviously they didn't toss and turn, sleep on their stomachs, and get -their- legs all tangled up in the blankets (or not too many would have made it as warriors I should think).
So, more or less, I'm wondering if there's any real reason, besides a passing fancy of imagining myself to be Alanna of Trebond (of the books by Tamora Pierce) or on the verge of whispering "Winter is coming" as I gaze stoically out the window, my non-existent tresses fluttering in the breeze.
I generally sleep on my side because I find sometimes the arch of my lower back aches a bit after a long day when I try to sleep on my back or stomach. Also a sore throat seems more prevalent when I'm sick if I sleep on my back. Is sleeping on my stomach, or my side, that bad long term? Or are there some beauty benefits I'm missing out on, aside from a lack of pillow creases on my face?
And never mind the why. The how, dear friends! I can only think to use a pair of comfy cuffs, from one of my casual collar and cuff sets. I'd have to tie them with thick yarn, at just enough give to let me lie on my side for a couple weeks, then at shorter and shorter lengths to make me stay on my back. Since habits last about a month, I imagine unconscious ones would take at least two to undo. Unless someone has had more success with another way?
Both actual medical reasoning and folk wisdom/remedies welcome.