Your sleep health is incredibly important! We spend a lot of time in our beds sleeping. Relaxing our bodies and minds helps get rid of that stress we put on ourselves on a regular basis. One of the best ways to get the most out of your sleep is making sure you are sleeping in a position that doesn't put added stress on your body. Choosing the perfect sleeping position for you can really add to your quality of sleep.
There are three main ways that people sleep: on their backs, sides, or stomachs. There are pros and cons to each and knowing what they are can help you make the best educated decision.
On Your Back
When you sleep on your back, you are able to keep your spine along with your head and neck in a completely neutral position. You aren't putting pressure on any of these areas. This helps to prevent pain in these areas. This position even helps you with acid reflux. Your stomach is below your esophagus in this position and so acid and food are unable to go back up. This can also help reduce wrinkles as there is nothing pulling on your face.
However, sleeping on your back is not good for those who suffer from sleep apnea or snore. These act up the most in this position.
On Your Side
Sleeping on your side is better for trying to keep your snoring down. This position also helps with back pain because it also elongates your spine and back. It does the same for acid reflux. This position however does possibly cause problems when it comes to wrinkles as a side of your face is being pushed into the pillow. Sleeping on your left side is ideal for blood flow when you are pregnant.
The con for this only applies to women, this might cause some sagging in the chest area.
On Your Stomach
This is actually the worst position for most people. When you sleep on your stomach, you have your head turned to one side and doing this for hours at a time puts a lot of extra stress on your neck and can cause soreness. Your spine isn't in a neutral position, and it even puts pressure on a lot of your joints. The one good thing about this body position is it isn't bad for the people who snore. It helps to keep your airways open.
Sleep quality is deeply important. Your body position is just one of the ways you can improve your sleep. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Image: GoodtoKnow, What your sleep positions say about you, 2016 http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/545257/sleep-positions