The Best Positions To Sleep In & Why.


What is the best position for me to sleep in?

A question asked by many but not ever black and white. Each sleep position has its pros and cons.

The following information below may help you find yours so you can decide which one would best suit you.

Choosing a sleep position is really a personal matter. It depends on what health conditions you may have or are looking to avoid and what feels most comfortable.

Common Sleep Positions

On your back -

Sleeping on the back is recommended by doctors.

Pros: This option has the best positioning and support for the spine and neck. It leads to fewer wrinkles in the long run because the face isn’t being pressed into your pillow.

Cons: Sleep apnea, snoring and other medical conditions can be exacerbated by too much pressure on the lungs or a restricted airflow. Even though back sleeping is the most recommended, it doesn’t always result in the best quality of sleep.

On your side -

Side sleeping is the most common way of sleeping - about 60% of people prefer to sleep this way.

Pros: Sleeping on the left side is best during pregnancy; it increases circulation and lessens pressure, which is good for mother and baby. The left side is also best for easing heartburn and acid reflux, and it keeps the airway open to help snoring and sleep apnea.

Cons: Left side can put pressure on stomach and lungs, or can cause arm numbness. Sleeping with an arm behind the head can adversely affect muscles and nerves and reduce blood flow to the extremities, shoulders, and neck.

On your front -

Front or stomach sleeping is regarded as the worst position, but it does have some advantages.

Pros: Sleeping on your chest can be beneficial for people who have sleep apnea or for people who snore frequently because gravity pulls the tongue forward, keeping it from obstructing the airway.

Cons: It flattens the natural curve of the spine, which can cause lower back pain and strains the neck. It requires the use of extra pillows to sleep in a more natural contoured position.

So there you go. How do you sleep at the moment? Which one appeals the most? Perhaps try changing it up a bit and see what works for you!

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