Your Sleep Position: Helpful or Harmful?

When it comes to getting our Zs, we all have our preferences: What side of the bed? Socks on or socks off? Turn in early or burn the midnight oil? There are lots of variables when it comes to sleep, and of them, sleep position may be more important than we think. Learn more about the pros and cons of how you slumber, and what it could indicate about your health.

Side Sleeper

According to sleep experts, this is the most common sleep position: 57% of us will start a night of sleep on our side. Side-sleeping can be ideal for those with acid reflux and stomach disorders if they sleep on their left side, and it may be good for those with back pain. Those who snore could also get more restful sleep in this position. Pregnant women should sleep on their left side to improve blood flow to the uterus. That said, sometimes the quality of sleep associated with this position is low. Sleeping on your side can put pressure on your hips and shoulders. If you’re a side-sleeper, you’ll want to use a thicker pillow to reduce neck strain, and you may want to put a smaller pillow between your legs to stabilize the hips.

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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