What is the Best Position to Sleep in for You?

We all know somebody who sleeps in a different sleep position than we do. One person might prefer to be on their back, while others can’t fall asleep if they aren’t on their side. Combination sleepers shift through different positions in their sleep without even realizing it.

So…what is the best position to sleep in for you? And, is it actually a healthy sleep position for you to be in?

Our Sleep MD experts weigh in on the matter with their favorite ways to hit the hay. We care about helping you control your sleep, in order to get better sleep. Whether you are dealing with a sleeping disorder in NYC, or you just find yourself to be a restless person, here are some comfortable and beneficial sleep positions for you to try.

Sleeping on Your Back

It’s true; Sleep.org argues that back positions are the very best for a good slumber. Sleeping on your back is also healthy, as it allows your spine and neck to be in a relaxed, balanced position all night. This neutrality takes all pressure off of the most sensitive parts of your frame. Supporting yourself in this way can really give your spine a break, preventing you from having back pain in the future.

A Johns Hopkins study showed that those with existing spine pain or soreness may not rest as well on their backs. For these individuals, sleeping on the side is more recommended.

Sleeping on Your Side

A more popular sleeping position than the back, sleep on your side can be beneficial for your health. When you’re sleeping on your left or right side, your spine is being stretched, elongated to relieve pressure from your neck and back. Plus, there are other pros associated with this position as well. These include:

  • Less snoring
  • Wider opening of airways, relieving sleep apnea symptoms
  • Decreases acid reflux and other esophagus-related conditions

Oddly enough, the same Johns Hopkins study also noticed that heartburn symptoms might worsen if you sleep on your right side. But flipping over to your left side can make you feel a lot better. Be aware of the alternative effects or conditions of these sleep positions if you feel it may apply to you.

All Curled Up

Another popular way to sleep is curled in the fetal position. In fact, it is the most common sleeping position. Being curled up with your chest hunched and your knees bent upward can feel wonderful, but might be damaging your breathing.

If you are pregnant, the fetal position is a great way to feel comfortable and relieve pain. However, if you are not pregnant, you risk gripping yourself too tightly. With your chest and torso hunched, you restrict your ability to breathe. Damaging the diaphragm can cause you to be sore and short of breath when you wake up. You might also exacerbate symptoms of arthritis if you have them.

Our Sleep MD recommendation? Try to stretch out more often if you can.

Which Sleep Positions Do You Use?

Is there a sleep position you like that wasn’t listed above? Some people enjoy sleeping on their stomachs, while others sleep sitting up. While there may be some benefits to sleeping this way (the reduction of snoring, for example), they mostly seek to damage the spine or joints over time. Sleeping on the stomach can put too much tension on your neck while sleeping while sitting up can hurt your lower back.

Sleep Doctor in NYC

You deserve to find a comfortable position that puts your body at ease while you rest in a healthy way. At Sleep MD, it’s our passion to help you find a way that works best for you. Dr. Shukla, your sleep doctor in NYC, would be happy to work with you! For more information, please contact us online or give us a call at (212) 661-7077. Video consultations are available!

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