Getting a good night of sleep is one of, if not, the most restorative way to rest and repair your body. This is why it is important to look at the position you sleep in because without you even being aware, your sleep position could be hindering the quality of your sleep.
So, are you a back, side or tummy sleeper? These are the three main ways to sleep, however, there are pros and cons to each position. Find out which position is best for you.
Healthy sleeping positions
The rule of thumb when it comes to the best sleeping position is one in which your spine is aligned from your hips up to your head. However, this may look different for everyone. In general, sleeping on your back or your side is considered healthier than sleeping on your tummy as these positions relieve pressure on the spinal tissues.
If you want to change your sleeping position and know that it will be beneficial for you, it is possible, but it takes time and patience – after all, your body has likely been sleeping in the same position for many years
Side sleeping is the most popular position to sleep in and for good reason. Besides the fact that it is comfortable, it is also good for you. Side sleeping promotes healthy spine alignment and is also beneficial for those who suffer from sleep apnea or acid reflux. Partners rejoice – sleeping on your side can help decrease snoring! This is also the choice position for pregnant women, as it helps to reduce discomfort from a growing belly and allows the blood to flow freely throughout the body. The Comfort Specialists have a range of pillows that are perfect for side sleepers.
Sleeping on your back prevents aches and pains because you can distribute your body weight evenly. It also helps those who suffer from neck pain, as no kinks or pressure are being placed on the spine. If you suffer from allergies or are congested, sleeping on your back, slightly propped up is the best position for you as it helps drain the sinuses. If you enjoy sleeping on your back, check out The Comfort Specialists' range of pillows suitable for back sleeping.
Stomach sleeping is the least popular sleep position and it actually isn’t great for us. Yes, it can relieve snoring, but a lot of pressure is placed on the ribs, making it harder to breathe and therefore exerting more energy. It provides the least amount of spinal support as you have to sleep with your head to one side, moving your spine out of alignment.
However, if you have been a tummy sleeper for many years and you find this position comfortable, then make sure you have a proper pillow, to give you as much support as possible. The Comfort Specialists have a range of pillows suited to those who like to sleep on their stomachs.
Technically, there is no ‘right or wrong’ way to sleep, but you must find the position that is right for you and if you are experiencing issues such as back or neck pain, perhaps it is a good idea to look into the position in which you sleep.