Sleeping is a big part of our lives — even if we’re not getting our recommended eight hours. But there’s more to it than you might think. If you’re having problems getting enough sleep or have an injury, laying down and catching some Zzz’s may not be as simple.
Whether you toss and turn or face-plant straight into a sound slumber, your sleep position plays a big role in your sleep quality, whether you wake up with a weird crick in your neck or well-rested and nimble.
Here is a breakdown of the best sleep positions — and one to avoid to wake up feeling your best!
The Side Sleeper
Sleeping on your side is great for cuddling and scrolling through your phone but it’s also pretty good for you.
Studies suggest that sleeping on your left side is preferable to your right. Thanks to the unique arrangement of your internal organs, left-side sleepers may see benefits in improved digestion, blood flow and reduced heartburn.
The Fetal Sleeper
There’s a reason why this is the most popular sleep position. As a variation of the side-sleeping position, the biggest benefit of the fetal position is being able to fall asleep pretty much anywhere. Beyond that, it is also great for lower back pain or pregnancy, whilst also helping reduce snoring.
The Back Sleeper
If you’re a back sleeper, take some pleasure in knowing that sleeping on your back is often recommended as the best position for preventing aches and pains in the morning.
Sleeping on your back gives you your best shot at resting your spine in its most natural position. In fact, your entire body will thank you for sleeping on your back, because your arms, shoulders, and legs won’t be jammed under the weight of your body or contorted in some bizarre contortion pose.
The Starfish Sleeper
The starfish sleeper doesn’t really have a set position but you’re usually on your back, stretching your arms and legs out wide. Sleeping like a starfish allows your spine to get the support it needs throughout the night. As well as this without your face constantly rubbing against your pillow, you can minimise the chances of unwanted acne breakouts and wrinkles!
The Pillow Huggers
Do you fall asleep with your arms wrapped around your pillow? If so, then you like to feel cosy! Falling asleep while hugging a pillow allows you to relax your muscles and stay in proper alignment.
Not only that but it’s known to lower anxiety, improve memory and act as a stress-reliever.
The 1 to Avoid – Stomach Sleeper
If we had to rank sleeping positions, lying on your stomach might be at the bottom of the list. While it’s a good position for snoring or sleep apnea, the benefits don’t extend much further.
Sleeping on your stomach can cause both neck and back pain. It can also add a lot of unnecessary strain to your muscles and joints, which is why you might be waking up sore and tired.