When it’s time to get some sleep, not all sleeping positions have the same great impact on your body. In some cases, the way you sleep could negatively affect your body’s well-being. I sleep facing right, that is my most comfortable sleeping position after a few toss and turn in bed. So what does our sleeping position say about us?
1. Sleeping on your back
The pros: This position is great for balancing out your body weight, preventing neck and back pain, and keeping your internal organs aligned, and just be sure to put a pillow under your knees to help maintain proper alignment of your back. Lots of people have found that sleeping on their backs helped alleviate lower back pain as well.
The cons: If you’re a snorer, then you might want to turn to one side; sleeping on your back may worsen your snoring. If you’re experiencing neck pain, sleeping on your back may only exasperate your neck more.
Well, I rarely find myself in this kind of sleeping position though it seems common because while growing up we all knew Sleeping Beauty and Snow White slept on their back. Maybe I am not a Disney Princess.
2. Sleeping on your side
The pros: Lying on your side in the fetal position with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs can help take the stress off your back. It’s essential to use a pillow to keep your head in a neutral position, so your head won’t drop and affect your posture.
An added bonus is that sleeping on your left side also minimize heartburn pain. This position is also good at minimizing snoring because on your side, your airways stay open, which alleviates snoring and mild forms of sleep apnea.
The cons: You’re in luck! There aren’t really any that impact your back, since this sleeping position follows the natural curvature of the spine. Sleeping on your right side will actually make your heartburn and reflux symptoms worse, so you should make sure to sleep on your left side when you have heartburn.
So that explains why I tend to sleep on my right side, It gives me relief to know that I am in no harm with my favorite sleeping position. I sleep better this way and will continue to do so.
3. Sleeping on your stomach
The pros: When you have lower back pain, occasionally sleeping on your stomach can somehow relieve pressure on your disc spaces. I know when I’ve been leaning over all day, falling asleep like this feels fantastic since it resembles the Cobra yoga position.
Sleeping on your stomach may also aid in the reduction of sleep apnea and snoring because the position lets your airways stay open and they won’t collapse.
The cons: Even if you love to sleep on your stomach, this is the position with the most risk. According to Jonathan FitzGordon, an alignment specialist from NYC, “Sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve in the lower back and keeps your head turned to one side all night, which distorts the alignment of the spine in your neck.”
This sleeping position can also exert unnecessary pressure on your nerves, which will cause pins and needles when you wake up.
Well, I have not known anyone who sleeps on their stomach, I am not shocked that it is an unhealthy sleeping position. Who wants to have a hard time breathing while sleeping? No one right? But I think some of the people do sleep on their stomach since it is on this list.
While it’s tough to change your habits of sleeping in an unhealthy position initially, it’s best to know if your preferred sleeping style is either supporting or hindering your health before you chose the best sleeping position when you get in bed. So those are what your sleeping position reveals about your health.