• Sherri HIner

What is your favorite position?

We care about the REST of your life, so you can live the best of your life. Having the perfect mattress is very important, how you sleep is also important for sleep health. No matter how you sleep, it is important to make sure that the mattress supports your back perfectly so if you have to sleep on your back it does not aggravate you’re your condition. So the question is, do you sleep on your back, side, or tummy? If you are pregnant, sore, or have certain medical conditions, you may have to sleep in certain positions to be comfortable. Sleeping the wrong way can cause or aggravate neck or back pain.

1.On Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the healthiest way to sleep. Though it’s not the most popular position (only 8% of people sleep on their backs) it’s still the best. By far the healthiest option for most people, sleeping on your back allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position. Some people who sleep on their backs may experience low back pain from this sleep position. The back pain is probably because you are not getting proper back support from your mattress, without great support it can make existing back pain worse. Proper support means that there’s no extra pressure on any areas, so you’re less likely to experience pain. If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may aggravate these conditions. The upsides to sleeping on your back is your head, neck, and spine are in a neutral position so you're less likely to experience neck pain. Sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated is also the best sleep position for heartburn. Sleeping while facing the ceiling is ideal for warding off acid reflux. Just be sure to use a pillow that elevates and supports your head enough—you want your stomach to be below your esophagus to prevent food or acid from coming up your digestive tract.

Sometimes back sleepers like to lie on their backs and their arms are down and close to the body. Research has shown that people who sleep in this position may have quiet and reserved personalities. They may also have high standards both for themselves and others. I am not sure if I agree with this, but just some fun facts for you to think about.

People who sleep in a starfish position sleep on their backs with their arms up over their head. Approximately 5% of people sleep this way. Research shows people who sleep in this position do not like being the center of attention. They are also likely to be good listeners and helpful. This little bit of trivia is up to you to figure out if it is true or not.

2. On Your Side

Sleeping on your side with your body straight helps decrease acid reflux, and since your spine is elongated, it wards off back and neck pain. Plus, you’re less likely to snore in this in this position, because it keeps airways open. It’s also the best choice for people like me with sleep apnea. 15% of adult choose to sleep on their side, but there’s one downside: It can lead to wrinkles, because half of your face pushes against a pillow.

People who sleep in the log position sleep on their sides with their arms down next to their bodies. This sleep position may be good for you if you snore. If you have arthritis, you may wake up in pain. Approximately 15% of people sleep like a log. Researchers have found that people who sleep this way easygoing and social. They are more likely to be trusting, perhaps even gullible.

People who sleep in the yearner position sleep on their sides with their arms outstretched in front of the body. The position may be good for you if you snore, but bad if you suffer from arthritis. Approximately 13% of people sleep in this position. In a study, a researcher found that people who sleep in the yearner position are stubborn. They are open-minded, but also suspicious and cynical. They tend to stick to a decision once they've made up their minds.

3. In the Fetal Position

The most popular sleep position by far is side sleeping. Approximately 41% of people sleep this way, curled up on their sides with their knees bent. This is also called the fetal position. More women than men sleep in this position. This position is good for pregnant women because it facilitates circulation to both mom and the fetus. That’s because it improves circulation in your body and in the fetus, and it prevents your uterus from pressing against your liver, which is on your right side. The position may be good for those who snore. Resting in a fetal position that’s curled up too tightly can restrict breathing in your diaphragm. Curling up may also prevent you from breathing deeply because your diaphragm is restricted. If you have arthritis, sleeping in this position may make you sore, it can leave you feeling a bit sore in the morning, particularly if you have arthritis in your joints or back. Prevent these woes by straightening out your body as much as you can, instead of tucking your chin into your chest and pulling your knees up high. You can also reduce strain on your hips by placing a pillow between your knees.

Women are twice as likely to sleep in the fetal position as men. Researchers have found that people who sleep in the fetal position have warm and friendly personalities. They may be more likely to be sensitive on the inside and have a tough, protective exterior. If sleeping this way hurts your hips, placing a pillow between your knees may help relieve the pressure.

4. On Your Stomach

Approximately 7% of people sleep on their stomach. It may help ease snoring, it’s bad for practically everything else this position may aggravate other medical conditions. This position can lead to back and neck pain, since it’s hard to keep your spine in a neutral position. Plus, stomach sleepers put pressure on their muscles and joints, possibly leading to numbness, tingling, aches, and irritated nerves. It's best to choose another sleep position if you are stomach sleeper. If you can't break the habit, prop your forehead up on a pillow so your head and spine remain in a neutral position and you have room to breathe.

Do You Snore?

If you snore, it's best to sleep on your side to minimize the risk of snoring. Sleeping on your back may aggravate snoring. If you want to sleep on your back and you snore, stack a few pillows underneath your head to reduce the risk of snoring. If snoring wakes you up or if you wake up gasping or feel tired during the day, it's time to see your doctor. Severe or loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop and start breathing while you sleep. Sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Does Your Back Hurt?

If you have back pain, sleeping on your stomach or back may aggravate your pain. It is best to make sure you have proper support while you sleep. You should feel the same support as you do when your legs are bent when lying on your back on the floor. If you do not, then you will always have a back ache when you get up.

It is important that we sleep comfortable with the right support. At the end of the day any position can be tweaked with pillows or something to make it work. Make sure the position you pick wakes you up refreshed and ready for the new day. We care about the REST of your life, so you can live the best of your life.

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