Too much or too little sleep is linked to a host of health problems. And, more often than not, getting the right amount of sleep depends on your sleeping position. That’s right…Healthy days are a direct result of healthy nights, and the position you sleep can have a dramatic effect on your well-being, mood and productivity. After all, you spend about eight hours a night on your mattress, so it’s bound to have an effect at some point. To find the best sleeping position for a perfect night’s sleep, consider the pros and cons of each.
Pros: Doctors recommend sleeping on your back more than they recommend any other position. It keeps your back and neck in a straight, neutral position. When you’re on your back, your mattress is able to support the natural curve of the spine and evenly distribute your weight.
Cons: For those who snore or suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping on your back can often increase your symptoms. In fact, back sleeping is so closely linked to irritating sleep apnea that doctors suggest not sleeping on your back.
Pros: Sleeping on the side is the most common sleep position and for good reason. It alleviates acid reflux and heartburn, eases snores, improves circulation, boosts digestion, and so much more. This position is also a go-to for pregnant women. However, due to the anatomy and location of your body’s organs, these amazing benefits only come from sleeping on the left side.
Cons: The drawback to sleeping on your side is the pressure it puts on your shoulder and arm to support your body. Likewise, having your face pushed into a pillow all night can cause wrinkles.
Pros: Unfortunately, while sleeping on your stomach is great for easing snoring, it isn’t so great for anything else.
Cons: This position can reduce the natural curve of the spine and may eventually cause back and neck pain for some people. Likewise, stomach sleepers put pressure on their muscles and joints, which could lead to numbness, tingling, and aches over time. In this case, it’s best to try another sleep position.
Ultimately, finding the best sleeping position for you comes down to a matter of personal preference and your body’s unique needs. Consider these pros and cons to determine what position will give you the rejuvenating and healthy sleep you need and deserve. Whatever sleep position you sleep in, what’s important is that you wake rested and ready for the day.