Getting enough restorative sleep is one of the most important things that we need to do to maintain good health. Are you getting enough restorative sleep? Did you know that the position in which you sleep can also affect your health? Here are six common sleeping positions – let’s take a look at what they do to your body.
- On Your Back, Arms at Sides
Sleeping on your back, arms at your side, is generally considered to be one of the better sleeping positions for your spine, I don’t know how many of us can maintain this position but it’s good for your neck.
- On Your Back, Arms Up
This “starfish” position is also good for your back. However, like the arms-down back sleeping position, this one can also result in snoring.
- Face Down
Sleeping on your stomach can improve digestion although you may possibly be tilting your face in one direction or the other. This may put strain on your neck. Not considered to be healthy for you long term.
- Foetal Position
Sleeping all curled up into a ball with your knees drawn up and your chin tilted down might be comfortable and seems to be a common sleeping position.
- On Side, Arms at Sides
When you’re sleeping on your side with both arms down, your spine is best supported in its natural curve. This can definitely help reduce back and neck pain while also reducing sleep apnoea.
- On Side, Arms Out
This position has many of the same benefits of sleeping on your side with your arms straight down. However side sleeping can cause shoulder and arm numbness due to restricted blood flow and pressure, changing position may help to alleviate this.
Regardless of which sleeping position you prefer, it’s highly likely that you can get a better night’s rest by supporting your body with a pillow…
Which sleeping position gives you the best night’s rest?