Everyone loves sleep, but not a lot of people know the benefits of their sleeping position. We’ve put together a list of pros and cons of the three most popular sleeping positions, we’re sorry to report that if you’re a vampire and sleep upside down this post will be no good for you.
We asked everyone in our office which position they sleep in, we found that the majority of us are back sleepers.
Sleeping in the “Savasana” position (on your back), is great for you spine and neck health, as your back is straight and supported. Also, sleeping on your back allows your mattress to efficiently support your spine. Keep in mind that using too many pillows can make breathing difficult. Neurologist, Dr. Decontee Jimmeh said: “Sleeping on your back also combats acid reflux”.
There is also the fact that your face is not squashed against anything during the night, meaning you are reducing the chances of increasing wrinkles!
Unfortunately, those who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea are more likely to be a back sleeper. Doctors can sometimes recommend that you sleep on your side, as back-sleeping is commonly linked to sleep apnea. Also when sleeping on your back, your tongue can be forced backwards resulting in that not-so-beautiful, deep and prolonged loud noise we all know as snoring.
If you’re a pregnant side sleeper, it’s good to know that many doctors would recommend sleeping on the left side during pregnancy as it improves circulation to the heart, which is great for you and your baby.
For those not expecting anytime soon, much like sleeping on your back sleeping on the left side can also ease heartburn and acid reflux, this means that you’re more likely to fall asleep faster.
Cons: One of the cons that we found has to be that you can put some pressure on both your stomach and lungs. Also you may find that you are woken up in the night with pins and needles!
Vivian Eisenstadt, physical therapist in Los Angeles, Calif., told Medical Daily in an email, “if you’re going to sleep on your side, pillow prop using the following: an ergonomic pillow thick enough so your head doesn’t tilt down, a small pillow under your waist so your stomach doesn’t curve down, and a 3rd pillow between your legs.”
Pros: Sleeping on your front can reduce the chances of snoring and help with sleep apnea!
Cons: We were shocked to learn that not one person in our office sleeps on their front, which is good really as this can flatten the natural curve of the spine and cause back pain. It can also restrict your breathing as you are lying on your chest and your nose and mouth may be covered.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, snoring or any pain during your sleep we would recommend speaking with your doctor. Have any interesting facts about sleeping positions? Then be sure to get in contact, we’d love to hear them!