Best Sleeping Positions: Sleeping on Your Side Vs. Your Back

Getting a good sleep sets us up for a good day. However, many people lose sleep due to tossing and turning in bed trying to find a comfortable position. Is your normal sleeping position working for you? Take a moment to learn about some of the best positions for better sleep – maybe the key to your restful sleep lies in a small change!


Sleeping on Your Side


Pros: Side sleeping is by far one of the most popular sleeping positions. Some people like to curl up in the fetal position, while others may fully extend their body to lie straight on one side. Side sleeping on the left side helps ease indigestion, making it ideal for people prone to heartburn and acid reflux. Sleeping on the left side is also particularly beneficial during pregnancy as it avoids putting pressure on the lower back and improves circulation to the heart. With a moderately-sized pillow, and a small pillow between the knees, sleeping on your side can also provide fairly sound spine alignment throughout the night.


Cons: While side sleeping is generally the most comfortable sleeping position for the majority of people, it can cause pain and complications due to pressure points on the body, which can escalate due to the firmness of your mattress. Also, many side sleepers rest with their arm under their pillow, which can cause numbness and the feeling of pins and needles in the arms due to poor circulation caused by resting on the pressure points. When sleeping in this position, it’s important to find a suitable pillow height to avoid constricting the neck and shoulder muscles that can lead to pain and discomfort.


Sleeping on Your Back


Pros: Sleeping on your back is perhaps the best sleeping position for your back and neck alignment. Ideally, sleeping flat on your back without a pillow under your head – and ideally with a small pillow under your knees – is even better as it leaves the neck and spine in a neutral position as you rest. Bonus, this sleeping position provides the best overnight environment for your face, as your skin is not rubbing directly against the pillowcase all night, which can contribute to acne, looser skin, and the development of wrinkles and fine lines.


Cons: Unfortunately, while sleeping on your back provides a wide variety of benefits for your spine and alignment, it can cause issues with breathing and lead to snoring. This is due to the tendency for the back of your tongue to collapse into your airway as you sleep, which can constrict your breathing and create those darling snoring noises that keep your partner up at night. Trouble with snoring and sleep apnea are much more prevalent when sleeping on your back, and in fact, if you have sleep apnea you will be advised to sleep on your side for ease of breathing.


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