Do you like sleeping?
We still have to meet the first person who doesn’t like sleeping. Humans spend up to one-third of their lives asleep, and since you’re reading this as (presumably) a human being, you sleep lying down. If you ever experienced a bad night’s sleep, you know that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for good functioning during your waking hours.
The way you sleep says a lot about your overall health. What’s important for your good night’s sleep is the amount of sleep you get. Yet there is another crucial element of a good night’s sleep; and this is of course your sleeping posture.
What’s your sleeping position?
The most common sleeping positions are the back sleeper, the side sleeper and the stomach sleeper. If you want to experience how used you are to your sleeping position you could try falling asleep in a different position than you usually do. You will see how much longer it takes for you to doze off. Yet, switching to a different sleeping position is of course possible and could be better for your posture.
- You spend up to one-third of your live asleep, and you do so lying down
- A good night’s sleep is essential for how you spend your waking hours
- Sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve of your spine, leading to back pain
- Sleeping on your side is better and has some pros and cons
- Back sleepers are kindest to their spine since the mattress can do its job of supporting your spine
The stomach sleeper
Are you a stomach sleeper? Then you are out of the race for best sleeping position. Lying down on your stomach flattens the natural curve of your spine which leads to back pain. And unless you own a pillow with a hole to accommodate your face, your head will be turned to one side which will also lead to neck pain.
The side sleeper
Most of us are side sleepers just for comfort reasons, but there are actually a few pros to sleeping on your side. When you’re suffering from heartburn or acid reflux, you will find it more comfortable to sleep on your left side. It is also encouraged that pregnant women sleep on their left side since it improves circulation to the heart which benefits both mom and child. Unfortunately there are some cons for side sleepers: pressure on the lungs and stomach. A con that you probably recognise is the infamous arm-numbness.
The back sleeper
If you’re a back sleeper then you are the kindest to your spine. Your mattress tries to do the important job of supporting the spine, and when you sleep on your back, the mattress can do that job at its best. Sleeping on your back also makes sure that the back is straight and not forced into a bad position.
Improving your sleeping posture
Changing your sleeping position is not easy. You like the position in which you doze off every evening and we fully understand that you choose comfort over what we tell you the best position is. However, if you got some pains that you think are related to your sleeping posture, you could try experimenting with different sleeping positions.
There are a couple of things that are important for good sleeping posture.
- Firm mattresses are recommended. However, comfort is also important and we don’t want you to torture yourself with a mattress that doesn’t feel good, so try to take both into account when picking out a mattress
- Sleeping on your back or side is most helpful for back pain
- When sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your legs
- When sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees
- If you really want to sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your hips and lower abdomen to improve your posture
Now you know a little more about sleeping posture and you can evaluate your own.
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