What Position Is Best to Sleep in?

The position you assume during your sleeping hours can actually hugely affect your physical well-being. Sleeping really scrunched together can encourage shortened muscles and imbalances, while craning your neck the wrong way can lead to a serious crick. Every position has its pros and cons —  stomach, back, and side. Check out the pros and cons of each below!

Stomach.

While this can be a good position to stifle snoring, it is often regarded as the worst sleeping position for your body. The neck can get stressed from craning to one side, and the natural curve in your spine flattens, which can potentially lead to lower back pain. It also encourages the development of facial wrinkles. If you do choose to sleep in this position, try placing a thin pillow below your hips to accommodate the natural curvature of the spine. Otherwise, maybe it’s time to test out a new position.

Side.

This is the middle ground of sleeping positions. If you can pull it off, it’s a pretty safe bet. Interestingly, most people claim to be side sleepers. It is actually recommended that pregnant women and those with acid reflux sleep on their left sides to improve circulation. Otherwise, it’s great to rotate which side you sleep on so that one side doesn’t become more stressed than the other. If you find yourself uncomfortable on your side, trying propping a pillow between your knees to align your hips. You can also put a pillow in front of your torso to train yourself off of stomach sleeping.

What’s the downside to side sleeping? Numb arm. The muscles and nerves of the neck and shoulders can get stressed and squished in this position, so if you’re having trouble with these areas, it may not be for you.

Back.

Generally, this is considered the healthiest sleeping position for your body, anatomically, so if you’re a back-snoozer, way to go you! It allows your mattress to support your spine the most, which means less stress on your spine, organs, and limbs. It is also a great position for those concerned about developing wrinkles in their face and chest, mainly because you’re not squashing your delicate skin into a pillow for 8 hours.

Lying supine does have its downsides, however. Unfortunately, this position is scientifically known to exacerbate snoring the most. Also, a study on young adults revealed that those with poorer sleep quality spent more time on their backs. So, back sleeping may be great for your spine, but it may make for a more restless, less quality night of sleep.

No matter what position you choose to sleep in, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable. Choose what works best for your body, and you’ll be one step closer to a great night’s sleep.

 

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Paulo R
Paulo R3 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R3 months ago

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks.

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn3 years ago

simetimes on my side and sometimes on my back

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Sheila Niermeier
Sheila N3 years ago

Hi!

I sleep on my side and have stretchy skin which leaves me open to face aging probs. Fortunately, I discovered the Mumbani Fresh Face pillow. There may be other things of this kind around now....It is a bit like a thick headband that you put on at night. It keeps the face slightly off the pillow. I find too that wearing it prepares my mind for sleep....so I fall asleep faster. It has really helped not only the short term but also the long term look of my face! I am happy I don't have to try to sleep on my back anymore!

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

Thanks. I usually sleep all over. I never wake up in the same position as I went to sleep.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik4 years ago

Thank you for sharing:)

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Graham P.
Graham P4 years ago

No mention of the 3/4 prone position. This is a recovery position used in Primary First Aid treatment and is very comfortable as well as practical.

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