The best sleeping position for you is a position that helps maintain the curve in your lower back we will find you a position that works for you because let’s face it sleep is very important and if you read my post on how much sleep do you really need I go in to detail of how important it is. Not only is how much sleep you get important but your sleep position also has an impact on the quality of your sleep.
Depending on the position you find yourself sleeping in, it can have certain benefits and negatives. If we understand these then we can change position to help improve the quality of our sleep and potentially our health too!
Each of us are different and we all need different amounts of sleep, the same goes for our sleeping position so below I’ve listed different sleep positions to give you an idea of what they are and to choose one that works for you.
Sleeping in the fetal position
The fetal position is when you curl your knees in towards your chest like you’re tucked into a little ball. This position is great for those with lower back pain, it’s also a good one if you are expecting. It is also beneficial if you are on your period to help you deal with cramps and the fetal position can also help reducing you snoring. These are all great benefits to considering this sleep position.
If this is the sleep position for you then to make the position even more comfortable you could opt to sleep with a pillow between your knees, this is very beneficial for keeping your spine lined up and when you are pregnant – I know this from experience!
Sleeping on your side
Another good sleep position for you is sleeping on your side. Like the fetal position it helps reduce snoring but it is also beneficial for your digestive system as it keeps heartburn to a minimum. This was tested by researchers who found sleeping on your side reduces acid reflux.
Keeping a good posture is important when sleeping on your side so you can opt for a pillow between the knees as with the fetal position. This will help reduce any lower back pain.
Lying on your belly
I have to admit to never doing this. I find it too uncomfortable although I often see my son doing this. Lying on your belly is actually good for reducing snoring. However it can be detrimental to your posture with causing problems to both your neck and your back. Not to mention how problematic it could be if you are pregnant. If you do want to try sleeping on your belly then try it without a pillow to reduce any neck or back strain. You can read my post on 10 Benefits of Sleeping Without a Pillow.
Sleeping flat on your back
I seem to alternate between sleeping on my side and sleeping flat on my back. Sleeping flat on your back is the best sleep position to protect your spine and it can also help if you are experiencing hit or knee pain. The reason being that gravity helps push your body in to alignment and reduces pressure on your joints. Using a pillow also helps give you support.
My Final thoughts
The fact we spend around one third of our lives sleeping, it is so important then that we make the most of it. Our sleep matters and our sleep position matters too. If you need help with your adult bedtime routine then head over to my blog post to read how to get ready for bed to ensure you have a great night’s sleep. If we miss out on sleep then we will suffer both physically and mentally.
I also want to share with you some good sleep hygiene tips to help you get a great night’s sleep:
- avoid screens in the bedroom
- get fresh air during the day
- prepare for bed with a bedtime routine
- go to bed at the same time or as close to each night
- lower the temperature in your bedroom
- switch off your mind with relaxation breathing
- write your to do list down so you don’t toss and turn
- Avoid caffeine.
I hope these tips help you with get a great night’s sleep. Remember whatever position you sleep in, it you feel good then there is no need to change it. However, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep try changing your position to see if that improves things.