There is need to have a good night’s sleep. If one lacks sleep or doesn’t sleep in the right position, they can suffer negatively. There are many factors that influence good night’s sleep including bedding and environment. Your sleeping position also affects how much sleep you can get. There are three main sleep positions: back, side, and stomach. Doctors recommend the back and side sleeping positions. Here are the benefits and potential issues associated with each sleep position.
1. Back Sleeper
Also known as the royal position, sleeping on one’s back can be therapeutic. Sleeping on the back evenly distributes weight and pressure on the spine, neck and joints. However, there is need to take caution of how one sleeps on their back. If your pillow isn’t positioned well, you can suffer from neck pain as well as sleep apnoea and snoring.
2. Side Sleeper
Researchers have found that 69 percent of people sleep on their sides. The best sleep position is a side posture fetal pose, with legs curled and a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the pelvis level and reduces the chances of lower back irritation, stiffness or pain. To get better sleep in this position get a firm pillow and position it in such a way that it supports the neck and shoulders.
3. Stomach Sleeper
Out of the common sleep positions, sleeping on your stomach is the least relaxing. This position is bad for the digestive system, neck and back. To get the most from your sleep try sleeping on your side in the semi-fetal position. Place a pillow between your knees.