Best Sleeping Positions for a Restful Night

June 15, 2022

Fetal position

The fetal position entails sleeping on your side with your bowed legs tucked inwards. For good reason, it's the most favored sleeping position. Sleeping in the fetal position is beneficial for lower back discomfort and pregnancy, but it can also assist with snoring. However, there are a few drawbacks to sleeping in the fetal position. Make sure your posture is relaxed; otherwise, your cozy position may prevent you from breathing deeply as you sleep. In addition, if you have joint pain or stiffness, sleeping in a tight fetal position may leave you sore the next day.

Sleeping on your side

When you sleep on your side, your legs aren't pulled in against your body like they are when you sleep in the fetal position. Sleeping on your side, like the fetal position, is beneficial to your health. It's also good for digestion and may even help with heartburn. Despite these advantages, sleeping on your side isn't always the best option. It can create stiffness in your shoulders as well as tightness in your jaw on that side. Placing a pillow between your lower thighs can help better align your hips and prevent low back pain.

Lying on your stomach

If we had to rank sleeping postures, stomach sleeping would probably be towards the bottom. While sleeping on your stomach is beneficial for snoring or sleep apnea, the benefits don't last long. Unfortunately, sleeping on your stomach can cause neck and back pain. It can also put undue strain on your muscles and joints, which is why you may feel painful and fatigued in the morning. A cushion under your lower belly button may help relieve back pain.

Flat on your back

The most health benefits come from sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back uses gravity to keep your body in an even position across your spine, which preserves your spine and can also help ease hip and knee pain. This can help relieve stress on your back and joints. A pillow behind your knees may assist maintain the natural curvature of your back. Plus, resting on your back protects the skin on your face from wrinkling, which is important if you want to keep your skin looking young.

The takeaway

Your sleeping position is more important than you may realize. For a week or two, keep a sleep diary to assist you find out the optimum sleep scenario for you. You can keep track of any patterns in your sleeping habits — and sleep quality — to see what's working and what isn't. Keep in mind that you don't have to modify your sleeping position if you're not having any problems. Make the decision that feels right to you. The most important thing is that you feel refreshed and ready to go when you get up.

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