Did you know that March 17th is World Sleep Day? World Sleep Day is an annual celebration of sleeping organised by the World Sleep Day Committee, and in recognition of this event we’re posting some special blogs this month dedicated to helping you get the best night’s sleep possible. In today’s blog we’re focusing on the best and worst positions for sleeping.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back is by far the healthiest option for most people, although only eight percent of people sleep in this position. Sleeping on your back ensures your head, neck and spine remain in a neutral position when resting. As you’re not applying additional pressure to these areas, you’re less likely to feel sore in the morning. Use a pillow that fully supports and elevates your head but keep in mind that sleeping on your back can worsen snoring, so if you’re an individual who suffers from snoring you may want to try out the next position.
Sleeping on Your Side
Fifteen percent of people choose to sleep on their side. This position helps to prevent back and neck pain due to the elongated posture of the spine, and also greatly reduces the likelihood of snoring. Sleeping on your side is recommended for people with sleep apnea, a common disorder which causes breathlessness when asleep.
Sleeping in the Fetal Position
With 41 percent of adults choosing this position, this is by far the most popular sleep position in the world. While sleeping in the fetal position is advisable for pregnant women due to its ability to improve body and fetus circulation, it can increase joint pain in the morning. As a result, it’s a good idea to straighten your body as much as possible rather than curling up before sleep.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
Sleeping on your stomach is the least advisable sleeping position due to the pressure it puts on your back, neck, muscles and joints. Sleeping on your stomach can limit snoring but it’s better to avoid this position and instead opt for one of the above.