Most of us have restless phases in our lives. While we survive changes and transitions, our sleeping schedules have also been affected, making us sleep more or barely at all. While it’s crucial to keep a consistent sleeping schedule despite the changes, it’s also worthwhile knowing that our sleeping position may play a big part. Selecting the best sleep position might help us reap all the benefits of better sleep. Here we have some of the best sleeping positions, along with their pros and cons: For back sleepers: According to the most recent National Sleep Survey, just 10 percent of the population are natural back sleepers. Sleeping on our backs can help reduce neck pain because of the spine support. The position may aid digestion, mostly if we’ve gone to bed shortly after eating a heavy meal. However, back sleepers tend to snore more due to sleep apnea since this position can change your air passages to narrow.
Side sleepers: most people say they sleep on their side. A study from Stony Brook University in 2015 found that this sleep position may lower the risk of mental decline by helping clean brain waste. Sleeping on your side can help cleanse your airways. It promotes circulation and blood flow for your heart, making it better for those who have sleep apnea. As long as you have a pillow to cuddle up with, you don’t need to worry about back and neck pain while sleeping.
Stomach sleepers: Very few people say they sleep on their stomachs, so it would seem that this is the least popular position. Still, it has its own benefits, as stomach sleepers can breathe easier, so those with sleep apnea would rest better in this position. Like the back sleep position, stomach sleeping is ideal for those who usually have indigestion or other digestive issues. Sleeping on your stomach may add pressure to your joints, making it less than ideal for those with achy joints and troublesome necks. If you do have trouble sleeping, try a different sleeping position to see if the switch makes a difference.