Did you know, your sleeping position says a lot about you. Such as the different ways you sleep can impact both your moods, feelings and energy for the day. So it’s paramount that your not only comfortable at night but also waking up better in the morning. We want to make sure you’re not missing out on any valuable hours of sleep, So we’ve given you a great rundown of every sleeping positions pro’s and cons.
How do you sleep?
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If you’re a Front Sleeper
So your sleep on your front? Your one of a few, around 7% of people do. This will be because this position keeps your neck and back in alignment, Mmeaninging that it relives annoying snoring patterns and stops any fleshy breathing issues. But unfortunately, it is also one of the worst positions for back pain and neck pain. Some also add a pillow or blanket between their knees in this position to help ease any discomfort but you may be in more discomfort than you realise with this position.
So why how this affect you? Well, the neck and spine are not in a neutral position when you sleep on your stomach. This may cause neck and back pain. Stomach sleeping can put pressure on nerves and cause numbness, tingling, and nerve pain.
There is a potential for some arm numbness, or neck and shoulder pain in this position, but don’t worry, it can easily be remedied by more pillows of course! Place a pillow under your arms, or if you’re feeling cuddly, hug a pillow while you sleep.
If you’re a Back Sleeper
Being a back sleeper really helps a good mattress do its job. It is one of the best positions out there because it allows your back and neck to be in its best alignment, especially if you don’t sleep with many pillows
This position leaves the neck in a neutral position, which allows your weight to be evenly distributed with no added pressure on the shoulders or spine. An added bonus for this position is that it can help with symptoms of acid reflux, which will be great news to those who suffer.
But there’s a con… you will most likely be snoring more. Soring is more common the older you get which is why more than half of all adults snore at night. So there is a chance that sleeping on your back will increase snoring. This happens because gravity forces your tongue to the back of your throat when you are laying down on your back. This restricts your airways, and may also be a poor sleeping position for those suffering from sleep apnea.
If you’re a Side Sleeper
If your sleeping on your side then your not on your own, this is the most slept on position for most people so let’s evaluate the good and the bad.
The skydiver position (as it’s referred to) may sound like an adventure, but it is actually one of the worst positions you can sleep in. This position greatly increases your risk of neck and back pain because it crunches the sensitive muscles that protect that area while flattening the natural curve of your spine causing strain that may lead to back pain and airway blockage.
On the plus side though, this sleep position is often used by people an adventurous spirit and is aligned with someone who is a risk-taker and likes to have fun. Oh, and, it has the potential to ease snoring and sleep apnea, so it’s not a total bust.
If this position is the most comfortable to you and you must sleep in this position, sleep with your forehead on the edge of a soft pillow facing your mattress instead of turning your head to the side. This will ensure that your airway is open and will help to ease the stress on your neck while easing potential upper back pain.