What is your favorite sleeping position?
We all know that sleep can be a tricky subject. How much should you get? Is it better to sleep on your side or on your stomach? What position makes you more likely to snore?
Thankfully, The Huffington Post put together an infographic detailing the pros and cons of each sleep position, so pay close attention to the tips below!
What’s your favorite way to sleep?
1. On Your Back
This position, often called “starfish position”, is very good for your back. This position allows you to minimize wrinkles, sagging breasts and acid reflux. However, because of the positioning of your head in this position, it tends to increase and worsen snoring.
2. On Your Side
Sleeping on your side allows you to lessen snoring and can help improve your circulation. This is the sleeping position that is widely recommended and preferred for women when pregnant. However, the stress that is put on your shoulder and hip (mainly the side that is down) may result in shoulder and hip pain. Also, because your body is being somewhat scrunched it can lead to wrinkling and sagging breasts.
3. Face Down
This is another position that can help you reduce snoring. Typically, in this position your head is on one side of your face, much like sleeping position two, which has a positive effect on reducing snoring. However, the position your spine is during this sleeping position may make you experience neck and back pain and stiffness. Your belly weight can play a role in the severity of the pain too, the larger your stomach the larger the arch in your back may be when in this position. Also, wrinkles and sagging breasts is increased because your mid-section is smashed against the bed.
You can get less pain and better sleep if you supplement your body with a pillow if we leave aside your favorite sleeping position. The people that are sleeping on their back can place a small pillow beneath the arch of their spine, side sleepers should place a pillow between their knees, and those that sleep on their stomach can put a pillow under the hips, which will support the joints and help them enjoy a full, painless relaxation.
We are all aware that each person has their own sleeping preference, which in turn has its own pros and cons. The important thing is to be able fall asleep and sleep for the appropriate amount of undisturbed hours. Getting enough sleep will provide you and your body with many different health benefits.
5. ON YOUR BACK WITH YOUR ARMS UP
Also known as the “starfish,” this position is considered good for back. Sleeping on your back with your arms up helps to prevent facial wrinkles, snoring, and even acid reflux. A downside to this position, however, is that it can put pressure on your shoulders. Extra pillows can help with this. Starfish sleepers who lie on their backs tend to be good listeners and always want to help people, but they are not comfortable with being the center of attention. A recent clinical trial that involved 50 participants revealed that starfish sleepers are more likely to suffer from poor night’s sleep. However, if a pillow was placed under each arm, the quality of these people’s sleep improved.
6. COUPLES SLEEPING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED, FACING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
People refer to this position as the “pre-divorce” where estranged couples leave lots of space between themselves during sleep. According to psychologists, only 3 per cent of couples sleep over 40 inches apart, but this does not mean the relationship is over. If there are only a couple of inches between you, it can simply mean that you need less body temperature and do not wish to be touched, especially in the heat of the summer. The crucial thing is not so much about how far apart you are both sleeping yet how often you are touching during the night. Up to 90 per cent of couples who sleep in this position, are happy and content in their relationship, however, if this habit goes on; you may need to re-think your relationship!
This position is perfect for reducing stress, but the downside is that it can bring about aches and pains. A study conducted by psychologist James Hardwick showed that physical touch, even during sleeping can result in reduced stress in both partners. Spooning means you are forcing your body into a position that increases aches and pains in the muscles. Lying on your side, facing away from your partner, can cause shoulder and back strain, while sleeping in your loved one’s arm may cause misalignment of the neck and spine area. The next time you are sharing your bed with your wife or husband, try to avoid spooning even if it means putting some distance between the two of you. You should buy two single-sized mattresses that are zipped together and make sure they are not too firm or too soft.
8. COUPLES FACING EACH OTHER
Sleeping face-to-face allows for two of you to have some physical contact. You get full access to your partner’s chest, legs, and feet. This position also allows for eye contact, easy cuddling and to rest the chest or shoulder on each other. This position is obviously very intimate because it allows you to place your arms around your partner in a protective manner. Because of its high level of intimacy it is a healthy sleeping position. Sleeping face-to-face is a good opportunity to narrow the distance and connect with your loved one.
9. YOU SLEEP BACK TO BACK WITHOUT TOUCHING
Sleeping back to back is the most popular position (55 % of couples prefer sleeping this way). It is stated that it is much more comfortable to sleep on your own than back to back with someone you love. Back to back sleepers are likely to be in good shape and affectionate but they can be afraid of intimacy. As per a recent survey, 80% of couples who slept less than an inch away were content in their relationships. Those who have no physical contact while sleeping may face problems. The professor Richard Wiseman said that 90 per cent of couples who maintained some sort of contact with one another led happy lives, compared to just 10 per cent of those that did not. However, this does not mean that if you sleep in a back to back position you have a bad relationship. Sometimes after a hard day’s work, couples just want to fall into a deep sleep without any distractions.
10. FETAL POSITION
Fetal position is when you are curled up into a ball hugging your drawn-up knees. This position can cause a number of problems with your neck and back, and that is why it is probably one of the worst positions. It can also cause breathing problems, especially if you are a snorer or pregnant. Psychologists say that fetal sleepers have a tendency to stress about their lives more than others. While sleeping, the back area has no compression, which can result in wear and tear in the discs. If you have to sleep in this position, take care not to misalign your neck and check that your pillow is not too high or low as it can further strain the muscles. The constant pressure on the base of the skull can radiate pain to the top of the head all the way down the back. You will only wind up waking up with a sore neck and a tension headache in the morning.