The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions

You may not have given much thought to the position you sleep in at night and probably just do what feels right naturally. If however, you are waking feeling sore and aching, are pregnant or have a partner who’s less than impressed with your snoring, you might want to consider trying out a different position for sleep. Here, we’re going to take a look at 3 commons sleep positions and the effects upon our bodies. 

 

Stomach Sleeping

This is, without doubt regarded as the worst position to sleep in by the medical profession. Stomach sleeping applies pressure to the organs in our tummies making it more difficult for them to function. Stomach sleeping also forces us to turn our neck through 90 degrees to one side or other so that we can keep an open airway. It is much more likely that our airway will become restricted when stomach sleeping, causing us to snore. 

 

Side Sleeping

Side sleeping is the position adopted by around 52% of us nightly. Perhaps this is because as we cuddle up to our partners in this positon and drift off to sleep that way. Side sleeping, whilst not the widely agreed best sleeping position does have some benefits – especially if you are pregnant. According to an article on AmericanPregnancy.org, sleeping on the left side is beneficial to both mum and baby – allowing better flow of blood and nutrients across the placenta. 

 

A downside of side sleeping is the effects it has upon our spine. Side sleepers adopt a hunched position meaning that the spine is curved for a prolonged period of time. If you wake up with an aching back and shoulders it may be time to consider sleeping flat on your back. 

 

If you are prone to snoring you probably aren’t the most popular person first thing in the morning. Whilst most snorers are blissfully unaware of the issue, their partners’ sleep is often disturbed because of it. Side sleeping forces the head and neck in to a position that restricts the airway, making snoring more likely. The airway is likely to be further restricted by our pillows covering our mouth and nose. 

 

Back Sleeping

Back sleeping is widely regarded as the best sleep posture. Our weight is evenly distributed onto the mattress offering us the greatest support. Our spines are straight and (providing we don’t use too many pillows) our airways are open and unrestricted. All of this adds up to a sleeping position where we are more likely to wake feeling refreshed, ache and pain free and without disturbed our partners by snoring. 

Ideally we would sleep on our backs without using a pillow, though not many people find this position comfortable. To get the maximum benefit of back sleeping it is recommended to use the thinnest pillow offers us a comfortable position. Using too many pillows alters the posture of the neck and may increase the chance of snoring. 

 

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