We have all seen (and probably done) those quizzes that claim to determine what your sleeping position says about your personality, but have you ever wondered how health comes into play? What does your sleep position mean for your well-being?
We all have a position that is most comfortable to us, but did you know that breathing plays a large part in this? You will be naturally inclined to sleep in a position where you can best breathe.
Here is a break down of the most popular sleep positions and how they affect your health:
On Your Side
This is the most common sleep position and it can help improve circulation. It could potentially result in shoulder, hip or side pain, but with the right mattress, that can be avoided. Our beds are customized to each partner and if one is a side sleeper, the mattress forms to your body, therefore eliminating pressure points and pains. If you sleep primarily on your right side, heartburn can be an issue, whereas if you sleep primarily on your left side, the liver, lungs and stomach can experience straining. This position is highly recommended for pregnant women, particularly sleeping on the left side (it is better for blood flow). Another positive about sleeping on your side (if you aren’t too curled up) is that it allows your spine to be naturally elongated.
If you (or perhaps your partner) is a chronic snorer, this may be the position for you. It is said to aid greatly in lessening snoring and is recommended for heavy snorers. It can also help digestion, but keep in mind that it may not be the best choice for your neck and spine. Minimum or thin pillows should be used in this position, you don’t want to prop your head up to high, rather allowing it to lie as naturally as possible.
This is considered to be the best sleeping position for health reasons. If you are sleeping with your hands straight down your side, this is the safest bed for your spine, alignment, and neck. That being said, it also has the highest level of snoring and can be associated with sleep apnea. This position is also proven to help with acid reflux. Support of your neck and head is very important when sleeping on your back. As for your pillow, you want one that supports your neck without raising your head too much so there is no strain on your neck.
Regardless of statistics and studies, most experts agree that it’s best to sleep however instinctively comes to you. Sleep is supposed to be a time to relax and recharge, and there really is no wrong or right unless you or your partner is suffering.
What’s important is that you have a bed that supports you in the right places when sleeping in your predominant sleeping position.
Which position do you naturally lean towards?