Last updated on March 3rd, 2023 at 04:19 pm
Everyone loves to sleep, but not a lot of people know the benefits of their sleeping position and the ways they can support it. We’ve put together a list of pros and cons of the three most popular sleeping positions, along with a tip to keep you sleeping comfortably. We’re sorry to report that if you’re a vampire and sleep upside down this post will be no good for you.
We asked everyone in our office which position they sleep in, we found that the majority of us are back sleepers.
Sleeping in the “Savasana” position (on your back), is great for you spine and neck health, as your back is straight and supported. Also, sleeping on your back allows your mattress to efficiently support your spine. Keep in mind that using too many pillows can make breathing difficult. Neurologist, Dr. Decontee Jimmeh said: “Sleeping on your back also combats acid reflux”. There is also the fact that your face is not squashed against anything during the night, meaning you are reducing the chances of increasing wrinkles!
Unfortunately, those who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea are more likely to be a back sleeper. Doctors can sometimes recommend that you sleep on your side, as back-sleeping is commonly linked to sleep apnea. Also when sleeping on your back, your tongue can be forced backwards resulting in that not-so-beautiful, deep and prolonged loud noise we all know as snoring.
Ok, we are feeling generous, so we are going to give you two! First up, find yourself a mattress that will provide pressure point support and will keep your neck and spine aligned. A hybrid mattress that combines a balance of ultra-responsive springs and contouring, orthopaedic grade foam is your best bet. Not ready to change your mattress? Tip number two is to prop a pillow below underneath your knees, this can help relieve pressure from your spine. Go for a firm, supportive memory foam that supports your natural curves, and you are all set for a better, quality kip.
If you’re a pregnant side sleeper, it’s good to know that many doctors would recommend sleeping on the left side during pregnancy as it improves circulation to the heart, which is great for you and your baby.
For those not expecting anytime soon, much like sleeping on your back sleeping on the left side can also ease heartburn and acid reflux, this means that you’re more likely to fall asleep faster.
One of the cons that we found has to be that you can put some pressure on both your stomach and lungs. Also, you may find that you are woken up in the night with pins and needles!
Vivian Eisenstadt, the physical therapist in Los Angeles, Calif., told Medical Daily in an email, “if you’re going to sleep on your side, pillow prop using the following: an ergonomic pillow thick enough, so your head doesn’t tilt down, a small pillow under your waist so your stomach doesn’t curve down, and the 3rd pillow between your legs.”
Side sleeping is one of the most popular sleeping positions, though how can you make it as comfortable as possible? Popping a pillow between your legs is a great way for you side sleepers to reduce moving around throughout the night. Have a restless partner? A mattress that optimises motion control will make sure they do not disturb you! For brownie points go for one that naturally contours to your sleeping position to ensure your neck and spine are kept protected and healthy as you drift off and dream.
Sleeping on your front can reduce the chances of snoring and help with sleep apnea!
We were shocked to learn that not one person in our office sleeps on their front, which is good really as this can flatten the natural curve of the spine and cause back pain. It can also restrict your breathing as you are lying on your chest and your nose and mouth may be covered.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, snoring, or any pain during your sleep we would recommend speaking with your doctor. Have any interesting facts about sleeping positions? Then be sure to get in contact, we’d love to hear them!
Ok, stomach sleepers time for some pillow talk. You want to be lying on something as flat as possible to ensure your neck and spine are aligned. If you enjoy a little head-hugging comfort whilst resting assured you are being correctly supported, a hybrid pillow offers the best of both. This will allow you to flop into your favourite position and sleep sweet and sound, night after night.
Before you head to bed….
>Remember how we sleep is incredibly personal, and only you know what feels most comfortable. From upgrading your mattress to switching your pillow, there are plenty of ways to ensure you are supported and snoozing healthily. Give these dreamy tips a go and make bedtime the best part of the day.