What sleeping position is best for you?
We all know the importance of sleep but what about the way we fall asleep? When you get in bed and cozy into your covers at night, you normally don't put much thought into whether you are on your side, back or stomach. But if you snore like a bear every time your head touches the pillow or you wake up feeling stiff, it might be time to switch things up at bedtime. For something we spend roughly one-third of our lives doing, and with no surety of waking up the next morning, it is a good idea to give some thought to the etiquette of sleeping.
Here is the scoop on the positives and negatives of the most common sleeping positions.
Side Sleeping: Positives: Lying on your side can take a variety of forms. Side sleeping is by far the most commonly adopted sleep position, and for solid reason - it can have a whole lot of health benefits. If you have breathing issues, sleeping on your side is a good choice for opening your airways so you can breathe better at night. Also, it can be supreme for your spine and might help relieve low back pain. Snoozing on your side can give your spine a break from the tension of standing or sitting throughout the day. Curling up on the right or left could also be good for your brain.
Negatives: Ever slept on your side and woken up with a numb arm? That pins and needles feeling arises when the weight you are putting on your arm is putting intense pressure on your blood vessels.
Back Sleeping: Positives: Falling asleep on your back might help you wake up feeling much more refreshed than usual. That is because sleeping on your back is the finest position for getting high quality sleep. When you sleep on your back, your weight is evenly distributed across your skeletal frame.
Negatives: While back sleeping is the optimal for many people, it is not for everyone. You might snore more or encounter worse symptoms of sleep apnea, conditions that can be annoying to bed partners.
Stomach Sleeping: Sleeping on your stomach could be a pain in the neck. Sleep specialists consider this the worst position because you have to turn your neck to almost an entire 90-degree angle from your body while also lifting your head and neck up to pillow height. Also, it is not great for your back. Whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach, if you wake up feeling refreshed, there's probably no reason to break a habit that's working for you.