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How Your Sleeping Position May Affect Your Sleep Quality

June 10, 2019

Changing your sleep position could improve your sleep

By now, we all know that there are certain things that play a major role in how well we are able to sleep at night. Steering clear of stimulants like alcohol and caffeine before bedtime, banishing screens from the bedroom, sticking to a relaxing wind-down ritual before going to sleep - these are all great habits that lay the foundation for a solid night’s rest. But did you know that the way you choose to lie in bed when going to sleep can also play a role?

Sleeping positions are a very personal thing. Some people don’t have a hope of falling asleep if they aren’t flat on their backs, while others swear by a comforting fetal position, or prefer to sleep on their stomachs with their limbs thrown wide in a ‘this bed is all mine’ starfish position. Chances are you are so used to your go-to position by now that you’ve never even thought about trying another one. However, if you battle to fall and remain asleep at night, a change like this might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Here are a few pros and cons of the most common sleeping positions:

Sleeping On Your Back

Pros: Healthy for your back and spine (neutral position); leads to fewer facial wrinkles.
Cons: Enhances sleep apnea and snoring, can obstruct breathing.

Sleeping On Your Side

Pros: Sleeping on the left side is good for individuals who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn because it places the stomach in a position that aids lymph drainage and improves circulation.
Cons: Side sleeping can place pressure on the stomach, lungs, and appendages such as the bottom arm and shoulder.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

Pros: It eases snoring.
Cons: Flattens the natural curve of the spine, leading to lower back pain; places strain on the neck.

There you have it - the pros and cons of some of the most popular sleeping positions. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months as we share more expert insight into the lifestyle habits that impact your ability to enjoy restorative rest. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a member of the Bed King team for more info on our wide range of comfort-graded mattresses or, better yet, visit us in store to try out our Comfort Solutions Lab®! Investing in a great sleeping surface is one of the best ways to pave the way for a good night’s rest.

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