What is the best sleep position you ever been? Do you sleep on your back, side, or belly? You may have a favorite sleeping position, or you may change it up now and then. When you are asleep, you may change the position without you noticing, well it’s probably because you dozed off.
If you become pregnant, or have certain health problems, the way you sleep can sometimes change. In those cases, getting your sleeping posture right can make a big difference in the way you feel when you wake up. Are you choosing the best sleeping position for your situation?
Sleeping in the wrong way can cause or aggravate neck or back pain. It may also obstruct the airways to your lungs, leading to problems like obstructive sleep apnea. Some research even suggests that the wrong sleeping position may cause toxins to filter out of your brain more slowly.
1. Fetal Position
People sleep in side position by curling up on their sides with their knees bent. Side sleepers who sleep with their legs bent and curled toward their torsos are sleeping in the fetal position.
Some studies suggest that more women than men sleep in this position, although other research disputes this. It may be a good choice for pregnant women because this posture improves circulation for both the mother and fetus. If sleeping this way hurts your hips, placing a pillow between your knees may help relieve pressure.
People who sleep on their stomachs with their heads turned to the side. This way have their arms wrapped around a pillow or tucked under a pillow.
3. Side Sleeping
This position may be best for those who snore. If you have some forms of arthritis, sleeping in the side position may make you sore, though. Curling up may also prevent you from breathing deeply because doing so may restrict your diaphragm.
4. Sleep On Stomach
This is sometimes called the prone position. It may help ease snoring by shifting fleshy obstructions from your airway. But sleeping in this position may aggravate other medical conditions.
Your neck and spine are not in a neutral position when you sleep on your stomach. This may cause neck and back pain. Stomach sleeping can put pressure on nerves and cause numbness, tingling, and nerve pain.
It is best to choose another sleep position if you are a stomach sleeper. If you can’t break the habit, prop your forehead up on a pillow so your head and spine remain in a neutral position and you have room to breathe.
5. Sleep On The Back
Some people who sleep on their backs may experience low back pain. It can also make existing back pain worse, so this is not the best sleep position for lower back pain. If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may aggravate these conditions as well. Women should avoid this position during late pregnancy.
There are also health benefits to sleeping like this. For example, your head, neck, and spine are in a neutral position so you are less likely to experience neck pain. Sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated with a small pillow is considered the best sleeping position for heartburn.
6. The Log Position
People who sleep in the log position sleep on their sides with their arms down next to their bodies. Approximately 15% of people sleep like a log. This sleep position may be good for you if you snore, but if you have arthritis, you may wake up in pain.
7. The Spooning Position
Spooning is a side sleeping position for couples; the person in the back holds the one in the front close to their body. As with other postures, this one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. As for disadvantages, couples may wake up more frequently sleeping this way, as you are more likely to be jostled by your partner.
8. The Soldier Position
In this position, the sleepers lie on their backs and their arms are down and close to the body. This one is a poor choice for snoring and may prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Talk to your doctor if snoring keeps you from getting enough rest.
9. The Starfish Position
People who sleep in a starfish position sleep on their backs with their arms up over their heads. As all those who sleep on their backs, people who sleep in the starfish position may be prone to snoring and sleep problems.
10. The Yearner Position
People who sleep in the yearner position sleep on their sides with their arms outstretched in front of the body. The position may be good if you have breathing problems when you snooze, but bad if you suffer from arthritis. Approximately 13% of people sleep in this position.
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