Sleeping well is one of the key components of a healthy lifestyle. During sleep, our bodies recharge and regenerate. In addition, all the systems of the body reset so that they can work effectively again in the morning. This applies particularly to muscles and bones which have been under tension all day, keeping your body upright and performing various movements. Many factors contribute to better sleep. Nevertheless, among the most common debates is the question of which position is best for sleeping. Should I sleep on my back? Should I sleep on my side? Is it better to sleep on my stomach? All are viable questions, and we are here to answer them. Read on to find out how to sleep your way to better health.
What are the Common Sleep Positions?
While some people (especially kids) invent unorthodox and sometimes comical ways to sleep, there are generally 3 ways you can lie in your bed during sleep. On the back, on the side, and on the stomach.
1. Sleeping on the back
You would think that sleeping on the back is the most common option. Flat is easy, right? However, you’d be mistaken since studies show that more than 60% of people sleep on their sides. Despite that, we believe that sleeping on your back with a small pillow under your knees – while it may be not comfortable for all – is the healthiest sleeping position for your back and neck. Your entire spine is properly aligned, and the pressure is alleviated from the back. In addition, your neck is properly supported. Of course, back sleeping may not be suitable for some people such as pregnant women. In addition, people who snore or have acid reflux may choose the side.
2. Sleeping on the side
This is the most common sleeping position for a reason: it is probably the most comfortable position. When it comes to your spinal health, it is second to back sleeping, but not by much. There are also some ways to make sleeping on the side healthier. These include using a proper neck-supporting pillow, or placing a pillow between your knees as you bend your legs. Sleeping on the side carries the extra advantage of alleviating the pressure off your lungs. For that reason, it is generally better for pregnant women and people with sleep apnea. However, side sleeping may add more pressure to the neck so may be unsuitable for those with neck pain.
3. Sleeping on the stomach
Some people prefer this position during sleep. Unfortunately, it doesn’t carry many health benefits when it comes to your back and neck. Stomach sleeping also adds more pressure to the ribs, making it somewhat harder to breathe. However, many people who snore find themselves in this position since it opens up the airway better.
How to Sleep Your Way to Better Health
Now that you know the most common positions for you to sleep, all you need to do is decide – with the help of a professional of course – which position is best for your particular case and according to your health condition. You’re best off visiting a chiropractor for individualized advice on which position is best for you.
By discovering how to sleep your way to better health, you promote not only a healthy neck and spine, but overall better health as well.
To learn more and schedule your consultation, contact Paxton Family Chiropractic.