Some nights I have to, and apparently by so doing I am setting myself up for something much, much worse:
[F]indings just published in the Journal of Neuroscience reveal that there’s an optimal sleeping position for brain health and the good news is that this position is incredibly common.
According to the study, sleeping on your side, rather than your back or stomach is the most efficient way to help the brain discard toxic waste. The study examined rodents in three sleeping positions: lateral (side), prone (stomach) and supine (back). The researchers concluded that:
“The major finding of our study was that waste … removal was most efficient in the lateral position (compared with the prone position), which mimics the natural resting/sleeping position of rodents.”
Side-sleeping is thought to be the most common position, preferred by an estimated two out of three Americans.
And undiscarded toxic waste, particularly the protein fragments known as beta-amyloid, turns out to be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, something I fear greatly. But there are going to be nights when every other fear in the catalog is going to be bidding for space in my brain, and behaving sensibly is completely out of the question.