Why is Sleeping on Your Side the Most Beneficial Position?

Why is Sleeping on Your Side the Most Beneficial Position?

April 20, 2018


It has long been contended that the position you sleep in is a contributing factor to how well you fall asleep.  Besides having an impact on that ability, it also affects your overall health.  Poor sleeping posture can lead to a number of problems such as:

 

  • back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • heartburn
  • impaired circulation
  • muscle cramping
  • premature wrinkles
  • sleep apnea
  • stomach troubles

 

If you’ve been having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, the position that you’re sleeping in could have a lot to do with it.  The following is a list of the 4 most common positions for sleeping:

 

  • In a fetal position – this is the most commonly used of the 4 sleeping positions (41% of American adults prefer this position). Additionally, this is the most recommended of all positions for pregnant women.  It’s also another good option for those who are chronic snorers.  Finally, for additional comfort and less pressure on the hips, place a pillow in between your knees before falling asleep.

 

  • On your back – there are 2 schools of thought on this position. While it isn’t the most popular (only 8% sleep on their backs), many consider it the healthiest of the 4 primary sleeping positions.  When sleeping on your back, your back, head, neck, and spine are resting in a more natural position.  On the other hand, if you don’t use a pillow that keeps your head elevated, your esophagus will not be positioned above your stomach and you’ll develop problems with acid reflux.

 

  • On your side – sleeping in this position helps to prevent acid reflux. It also wards of back pain by elongating your spine.  Furthermore, snoring is less likely to occur because this position keeps your airway open.  Consequently, this is the best position for people who suffer with sleep apnea.

 

  • On your stomach – this is another option for those who snore a lot. Unfortunately, that’s about all this sleeping position is good for.  Only 7% of Americans choose this position and most of them wake up with an achy back, neck, or both.  Other issues include muscle and joint pain or numbness, nerve irritation, and a host of other aches and pains.  Unless you enjoy suffering pain and discomfort, choose one of the other sleeping positions.

 

The Snuz mattress by Sleep Choices was designed and developed to help you fall asleep easier and wake up pain-free.  It takes away the stress from your body, lowering the pressure as you lay on your side or back. This accentuates proper blood circulation and enhances comfort while relaxing or sleeping.
 

 

 

https://sleep.org/articles/best-sleep-position

 

 

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