Sleep is such an important aspect of all our lives. Without sleep we wouldn’t be able to function normally during the day.
We did some research to help out anyone who wakes up weary, despite their comfy bed. However, it’s important to remember that the most appropriate sleep position varies from person to person, and is dependent on comfort and health issues – but a few of these may be worth a shot.
Avoid sleeping in the foetal position.
The foetal position (bringing your knees up to your chest and pulling your arms into a tiny ball, similar to that of a baby in the womb) may be your default sleep setting, but it’s not the best position for your body. Tucking your chin in to meet your knees can strain your neck and head.
According to some doctors, it may also compromise your breathing and increase your chances of developing wrinkles. Try straightening out your legs and arms so you’re lying flat on your back instead.
Perhaps sleeping like a starfish isn’t for you.
Although it can feel good to lie on your back, you could be putting too much pressure on the nerves in your shoulders. If you sleep in the starfish position, you may want to switch to the back position by moving your arms down to your sides. This will can help prevent developing shoulder pain in the long term.
When sleeping on your back, the position of your tongue could actually obstruct your airway, making it harder to breathe, and therefore it increases the chances of snoring.
The easiest way to avoid snoring is to not sleep on your back.
Sleep on your left side.
There are obviously pros and cons to sleeping on your left side versus your right side, as if you’re on your left side all night, you can put strain on your liver and lungs, but being on your right side can make your heartburn worse.
Most experts agree that a pregnant woman should sleep on her left side rather than her stomach or back in order to take pressure off her uterus, stomach, and breasts, and to optimise blood flow.
Worried about wrinkles?
If you’re anxious about premature facial wrinkles, try your best to sleep on your back rather than on your stomach or side.
Sleeping on your back ensures that your pillow doesn’t rub against your face all night. In the short term, you may notice ‘pillow lines’ on your face after a good night’s sleep, but these can leave long term effects as your skin loses elasticity.
Lower back pain?
Try lying on your back and keep your head propped up, either side, with pillows.
If you’re only able to doze off face down, consider using a thinner pillow to minimise the angle at which your neck is placed. Putting a pillow under your pelvis to encourage your spine to stay in neutral alignment is super helpful too.
Sleep on your back.
To get a more restful night when you suffer from acid reflux, sleep on your back with your head elevated slightly, but be aware that too many pillows may cause strain also. Acid or food is less likely to come back up if your stomach is positioned below your oesophagus.
As well as helping to minimise acid reflux, sleeping on your back also puts less strain on your back and neck than other positions.
You’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.