A surprising number of people are shocked to hear that sleeping on their stomach is detrimental to them but try walking around with your head turned to one side. It won’t take long for you to begin feeling pain, soreness, dizziness or neck/shoulder tension. Your body doesn’t like this standing up, and it doesn’t like it when you’re lying face down with your head on a pillow either.
The fact is, wrenching your head and neck in this way for even just a few minutes while sleeping can significantly strain the muscles and ligaments of the spine. Repeatedly doing so every night for years slowly adds pressure to the joints and nerves, contributing to spinal degeneration and allowing for the development of a variety of health problems.
Among other things, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that stomach-sleeping could increase your chances of developing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurological diseases.