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The Best (and Worst) Sleeping Positions

The Best (and Worst) Sleeping Positions


There’s a right and wrong way to do everything – including sleep. The way that you sleep can impact your overall health. Find out whether your sleeping position is one of the best, or the worst.


A Background on Sleeping Positions


Truly, there is no single best or single worst sleeping position. Everyone has different body types. As such, everyone has different needs.


Consider someone who snores. Snoring can greatly impact your sleep, as well as the sleep of your partner. If you want to sleep well, then you need to find a position that limits snoring. On the other hand, someone who has reflux needs to find a position that limits reflux.


Still wondering which sleeping position is right for you? Find out the benefits and drawbacks of each position.


Your Guide to Sleeping Positions


  1. Your Stomach


One of the worst sleeping positions is sleeping on your stomach. Although it can help with snoring, it can be bad for your health. When you lay on your stomach, your neck and back can suffer. Your nerves get pressure on them and this can cause numbness or pain.


If you do sleep on your stomach, you might want to try sleeping without a pillow. This can reduce some of the pressure and improve your alignment. However, the best solution is to find another way to sleep.


  1. Your Back


Sleeping on your back can be great for those who suffer from heartburn. However, it comes with some serious disadvantages. For one, you can experience lower back pain. If you have any existing back pain, sleeping on your back could make it worse.


Back sleeping is particularly detrimental to those who suffer from sleep apnea or snoring. It typically makes the conditions worse.


On the other hand, sleeping on your back does place your head, spine, and neck in a neutral position. This makes it less likely that you will suffer from neck pains. Whether or not back sleeping is the worst position for you depends on your specific situation.


  1. Side Sleeping


From a general point of view, side sleeping is one of the best sleeping positions. But this isn’t true for everyone. It tends to be the most common sleeping position and is ideal for pregnant women. By increasing circulation to the baby and you, you can improve your baby’s health with this position.


This position also works well for those who snore. However, it can cause snoring in individuals who suffer from arthritis. It also prevents deep breathing, which can be beneficial to your health.


If you happen to side sleep while cuddling with your partner, you’re in luck. Spooning with your partner releases a feel-good chemical known as oxytocin. It reduces stress, improves your bond, and helps you fall asleep quickly.


Finding the Right Position


Are you ready to get a better night’s sleep? Start looking for the right sleeping position. Try a few different positions until you wake up feeling great. Keep trying them, and you’ll eventually find the right fit. When you wake up happy, it’s much easier to enjoy the rest of your day.

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