When you wake in the morning and realize something is not quite right, maybe you should consider your sleeping position as the cause of your discomfort. The three major sleeping positions, side, back, and stomach, all influence your health and attitude when you wake up in the morning and throughout the day. Not only is the quality and quantity of your sleep important but the position of your body as well. The lack of a good night’s sleep has been linked to many health problems to include obesity, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes among others. Good body position is key for optimal quality slumber and a healthy start to your day.
Healthy Sleep Positions and Helpful Tips
On Your Back (arms by your side)
- Back remains straight and this position reduces pressure on the discs preventing pain in the neck and back.
- Make sure you find the best supportive pillow for a back sleeper.
- This position reduces acid reflux and minimizes facial wrinkles.
- For a sore jaw/nighttime teeth grinding, sleep on your back with your lips closed but teeth slightly open. Lying face up will allow your lower jaw to fall into a natural position and your facial muscles to relax.
On Your Back (arms up)
- Back remains straight
- With arms up, this position helps reduce acid reflux further because the head is elevated and the stomach is able to sit below the esophagus keeping digested food from rising back into the esophagus.
On Your Side (arms at side)
- Your body is positioned downward in a straight line
- This is an ideal sleeping position for the spine because it obtains complete support in its natural curve.
- Reduces sleep apnea and snoring.
- Best position for pregnant women.
- Place a pillow between thighs to support top leg and keep hips aligned.
- Position is good for any type of sinus pain or congestion, prop head up higher on a pillow.
On Your Side (arms out)
- Legs slightly bent, arms outstretched in front of you
- Having the best pillow as a side sleeper is important for support and alignment
- Prevents back and neck pain, reduces snoring and sleep apnea
- Reduces heartburn and acid reflux
- Individuals in this sleep position are less likely to wake in the middle of the night allowing for better quality sleep
If you have been waking sore, tired, or achy, change your sleep position and add the perfect pillow and see if you wake more rested and refreshed. Good quality sleep can boost your health and transform your day from a bad one to a great one. Are you a side or back sleeper? Try the SpineAlign. We have the perfect pillow for you.