Top 3 Sleeping Positions

According to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night. While reaching this goal comes naturally to some, for others it can seem impossible. However, the length of sleeping time is not the only factor in getting the most out of your sleep. Your sleeping position also has a significant impact on how you feel the next day.

While sleeping style is a personal preference, each sleeping position can affect your body in different ways. Learning about the top three sleeping positions can help you make the most out of your sleep and allow you to wake up feeling rejuvenated and restored.  

Sleeping on Your Back

When you’re asleep, it’s beneficial to keep your neck and back in the most neutral position possible. Doing so will keep your spine aligned throughout the night and alleviate any unnecessary pressure. However, because our spines are not straight lines, sleeping on your back can seem uncomfortable in many areas. Using support pillows under your neck and knees will help maintain the curvature of your spine while you drift off into dreamland.

Sleeping on Your Side

While sleeping on your back may be the most beneficial for spine health, some may find that that position exacerbates their health issues. If you have sleep apnea, acid reflux, snore a lot, or are pregnant, sleeping on your side will benefit you the most. The use of support pillows is also recommended for this sleeping position because they allow your body to remain aligned throughout the night. Three pillows should be used to maximize comfort:

  • an ergonomic pillow under your head to prevent neck pain
  • a small pillow under your waist to keep the spine in alignment
  • a larger pillow between your legs to keep them straight

Sleeping on Your Stomach

At the end of a long day, it can feel tempting to face plant into bed and let Mr. Sandman take you away. However, sleeping on your stomach is typically not recommended. While going belly-down can sometimes reduce the presence of snoring, the cons outweigh the pros. Stomach sleeping puts undue pressure on joints, muscles, and bones, which can lead to health issues down the line. It also forces your neck to be twisted in an unnatural position, restricting blood flow and oxygen. If you are a stomach sleeper, try using pillows to get you used to sleep on your side gradually.

We spend at least one-third of our lives asleep, so sleeping correctly and comfortably is very important to maintaining good health. Of course, regardless of your sleeping position, back pain and discomfort can negatively affect your sleeping habits. If you find that you have persisting back problems, it’s wise to seek out the help of a professional. The experts at the Marc Cohen Spine Institute can help you assess your condition and get you back to feeling restored. To find out more, call 973-607-2038 or contact us to schedule an appointment.