Though side sleeping is the most common sleeping posture people use and it is unintentional as well. People sleep in a way that feels comfortable to them and they always try to keep their body in a relaxed manner that lets them sleep while resting the whole body in the desired position. But when you sleep, it is somewhat unintentional to move your body or relax in a certain way during sleep as you are not consciously moving during sleep. Because you just want to relax and whichever posture suits you, you will go for it and get a cozy and relaxed sleep.
But still, you may intentionally select your sleep posture when going to bed whether you feel relaxed on your back or lying on one side of your body.
So if you choose to lie on one side of your body you are said to be a side sleeper. And side sleepers enjoy sleeping and relaxing on one side of their body. But sometimes when you don’t turn after some time and keep the same posture for the whole night, you must be developing a certain level of pressure on the muscles on your backs, neck, and the shoulders as well.
There are more chances of developing muscle pain when you sleep on one side of your body because the whole body weight is directed on the one side of the body and if the spine or backbone is nor kept in its natural posture, and there is more pressure on one side of the shoulder muscles and have a bent neck, the muscles get strained and pressurized causing pain in the body.
Due to lack of sufficient support to the body and lots of pressure due to the wrong direction of the bones and muscles during sleep pains get worse and may affect the overall health of a person.
In such cases, people prefer using specialized pillows and mattresses for side sleeper to support bodily posture and avoid pain. Or in case if you already have shoulder pain due to consistent side sleeping, you may also have to use a well-designed shoulder supporting pillow to help you alleviate shoulder pain.
By providing support, comfort and keeping the body posture in the right way, you can easily maintain good health and avoid bodily pains no matter if you have a side sleeping habit.