Could Your Sleeping Position Be Compromising Your Health?

We always hear about the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep, but we rarely stop to consider the quality of the sleep we getting.  When it comes down to it, quality is just as important as quantity, and the position in which you sleep can affect your body and health in many different ways.  Consider the following sleeping positions and discover just how you may be compromising certain health factors.


Sleeping on your back holds a reputation for being the best option in relation to health. This is because it prevents neck and back pain while also preventing facial wrinkles and sagging of women’s breasts. Even so, sleeping on the back does have its downfalls. Back sleepers tend to be more prone to snoring because the airways are more blocked. If you are a prominent and severe snorer, you may want to consider an alternative sleeping position to aid in getting relief from snoring symptoms.


Side Sleepers also get ample health benefits. Sleeping on your side can reduce snoring and can also aid in preventing neck and back pain. When sleeping on your side, with slightly bent knees and a small curve in your spine, it is very beneficial because you are following and mimicking the natural curve of your spine. This helps to keep pain to a minimum. It is advisable, however, to keep your neck as straight as possible without letting it drop or propping it up too high. Take the time to choose a pillow which achieves this perfect balance; your body will thank you.  Did you also know that simply selecting which side you sleep on (left or right) can make a difference?  For pregnant women, doctors typically advise to sleep on the left side because it improves circulation of blood flow to the fetus.  On the other hand, when sleeping on your left side, you can put strain on internal organs like your liver, stomach and lungs. If you sleep on your right side, you may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, but it could worsen heartburn.


The Fetal position, lying on your side with knees tucked in tightly, is not the most ideal of sleeping positions. Spending your whole night curled up in an unnatural way can leave you feeling aches and pains in your back and joints in the morning. And, just like side sleepers, you may be setting yourself up for facial wrinkles as you are causing friction between your face and your pillow.  You are also promoting sagging of the breasts by letting them fall freely when resting on your side. In addition, it has been thought that these types of sleepers are seekers of comfort and are prone to worrying in their everyday life. They tend to be very conscientious during their waking hours and are quick to overthink.


Generally described as the worst of sleeping position, the stomach sleeper position provides minimal health benefits. While it is the best position for easing snoring, stomach-sleeping makes it tricky for an individual to maintain a neutral position in their spine while they are sleeping. This particular sleeping pose can also put additional, unneeded pressure on joints and muscles which can, in turn, irritate nerves. This has the potential of leading to pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the body.  For these reasons, stomach sleeping is generally not recommend except in instances where a person has great difficulties with snoring and they are not particularly prone to neck and back pain.

Hopefully taking the time to have read about the various sleeping positions has given you good insights and will aid you in determining which of the common sleeping positions is best for you and your body.