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#1    FlyingAngel

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

If you pay attention, all kinds of animals you've encountered always sleep on their stomach. So since when humans started to sleep on their back? Does that give any benefit to health and evolution trait?
I also heard that sleeping on your stomach is bad, so why it only applies to humans?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

one of my dogs sleeps on his back, weirds me out lol
hes got that small dog syndrom thing where he thinks hes better than the average dog lol

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:23 AM

View PostArmchair Educated, on 03 April 2013 - 11:18 AM, said:

one of my dogs sleeps on his back, weirds me out lol
hes got that small dog syndrom thing where he thinks hes better than the average dog lol
Maybe he started to evolve, has some ego and become smarter


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:44 PM

I always start to sleep on my side, but then I end up on my stomach, I also heard its bad for you. I think its harder on your back

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:43 AM

I can't fall asleep on my back at all, no matter how exhausted I am. (I'm a side sleeper) One theory I read once said that it could be a survival thing from long ago because our organs are more "exposed" (or unprotected?) to an attack or threat while you sleep on your back.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:07 AM

I'm a restless sleeper. I sleep every which way and then some! That whole scenario can't be healthy.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:29 AM

i sleep on my back, stomache, and side just not on my left side since my shoulders banged up i find im more sore sleeping on my back personally


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:58 AM

I can't sleep on my back either. I'm not sure why, I just don't.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:07 AM

I only sleep on my back. It is not a conscious choice, more like an instinct. It is very natural to me. Sleeping any other way is uncomfortable because it distorts my body shape.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:10 AM

View PostFlyingAngel, on 03 April 2013 - 11:08 AM, said:

If you pay attention, all kinds of animals you've encountered always sleep on their stomach. So since when humans started to sleep on their back? Does that give any benefit to health and evolution trait?
I also heard that sleeping on your stomach is bad, so why it only applies to humans?

i think we started sleeping on our backs when we start looking at the stars

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

How can they sleep on their backs without having their 4 limbs up? Pretty uncomfortable. I think we could alway sleep on our back; it's not something that evolved.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:03 PM

View Postsarah_444, on 04 April 2013 - 02:43 AM, said:

I can't fall asleep on my back at all, no matter how exhausted I am. (I'm a side sleeper) One theory I read once said that it could be a survival thing from long ago because our organs are more "exposed" (or unprotected?) to an attack or threat while you sleep on your back.

yeah and i read that people who sleep on their backs are more confident ....

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:33 PM

So here are my guesses. Compared to other animals we humans have pretty good eyesight but our hearing isn't very good and our sense of smell is a joke. We rely more on our eyes to protect us than other species. We're safer when they aren't pointed at the ground. Pointing them up gives us quick visibility of whatever just woke us up. Our hearing is also improved when our heads are facing up.

Also animals have much less mobility than humans. When attacked while sleeping their best option is to quickly get on all four legs and run. We humans are good as dead on our hands and knees so this is no longer an advantage when we're sleeping. Even stranger, we can move around in limited ways on our hands and feet when facing up. No other animal can do this.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:55 PM

My two cats slept on their backs now and then.  I have pet rats that do the same usually when it's hot.  Wild animals Probably don't because it leaves them vulnerable.  I don't think it has much to do with evolution.  If you walk on 4 legs, it's easier to sleep on your tummy.


Seals sleep on their backs.  Where dogs you hear that "it's not good to sleep on your stomach"?  Infants should not be placed on their stomachs in cribs to avoid suffocation/crib death but other wise no other reason.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

View PostFlyingAngel, on 03 April 2013 - 11:23 AM, said:

Maybe he started to evolve, has some ego and become smarter

No, it is an act of submission, to expose ones stomach is not done in a situation of fear or anxiety in the animal kingdom.

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