Side, back, or stomach: which sleeping position is best?

Getting the right amount of sleep is important for your wellbeing. Typically, most of us require around 8 hours of sleep at night in order to get through the day. Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep can affect our moods and productivity. However, the positions you sleep in can affect the quality of your sleep and have physical effects on your body.

In this article, we’ll look at the different sleeping positions and which sleeping position is best.

Sleeping on your back

Sleeping on your back is considered one of the best positions you can rest in at night. As long as you have the correct pillow and mattress, laying in this position ensures your neck and spine maintains its natural position.

As there is no pressure forced on your muscles and joints, sleeping on your back is great for your overall posture.  For those of you who currently sleep in other positions and are noticing aches and pains in the morning, try sleeping on your back. If you notice a difference in how you feel when you wake up, sleeping on your back may be a prefered sleeping position for you. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may contribute to snoring.

If you are already a back sleeper and would like to maximise your comfort at night, we recommend you choose a pillow that supports your neck without raising your head too high. The type of mattress you should go for is a slightly medium to a firm mattress as it doesn’t alter your natural body’s sleeping position.

Sleeping on your side

Sleeping on your side is another good position as long as you have the right mattress and pillow to support your body. Great at reducing snoring, laying in this position elongates your spine and is ideal for those who suffer from sleep apnea.

As a side sleeper, you will need a pillow thick enough that will support your neck whilst filling in the space between your head and shoulder. Without this, you are essentially putting pressure on one side of your body which will cause pains over time.

Those of you who sleep on their side, you want to invest in a softer mattress so that your body can relax. Ideally, you want a foam mattress as it is beneficial for those who sleep in multiple positions at night.

Sleeping in the fetal position

Although very popular, sleeping in the fetal position isn’t necessarily ideal for your body. Being in a curled up position at night can have an effect on your breathing and cause strain on your back.

If you can, slowly convert yourself into a slide sleeper as this will take the pressure off your back muscles. Try to stretch out slightly each night so that you can eventuƒally get out of the habit.

Sleeping on your stomach

Aside from sleeping in the fetal position, sleeping on your stomach is considered one of the worst sleeping positions. This is because you are compromising the natural position of your body and putting your spine in an awkward position.

However, as old habits are hard to break, there are changes you can make to help you sleep better at night. Avoid softer mattresses as your body can sink into the bed and move your spine out of its natural alignment. It is best to invest in a mattress that is not too soft and not too firm. If it is too firm you could experience pains in the morning from the pressure your body has put onto your chest.

Finding the right bed to achieve a good night sleep is vital. It is important to know when it is time to replace your mattress. Take a look at the collection of mattresses we have to offer and request a brochure today!