Getting a good night’s sleep is pivotal for our health, body, mind, and our mood, especially since we spend one-third of our lives asleep. While it is recommended every adult get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and for many of us this is easier said than done. Sleep difficulty can also impacted by our sleeping position. So what”s the best one?
On Your Back
By far the best as it keeps your low back and neck in a position as close to neutral as possible. Try putting a pillow under your knees to improve this and take a little bit more pressure of your low back. Sleep apnoea sufferer’s however will really struggle in this position as the tongue can fall back into your airway obstructing breathing, as well as causing you to snore.
A pretty safe position also, side sleepers will put minimal pressure through their low back and neck as long as you have a pillow that supports your head properly. No chance of sleep apnoea/snoring here either! Problems can arise here is you raise your arm under the pillow above your head, causing neck and shoulder pain.
The worst by far, increasing the curve through your low back, putting pressure on your spinal joints and potentially causing you to wake up in pain. And let’s not forget the horrible position your head/neck ends up in. Could you imagine walking around with your head cranked all the way to the left/right for 7/8 hours? It would get pretty sure! No wonder it’s not good for you when you’re sleeping either.
On a final note – if you’re waking up in more pain than when you go to bed, it may be your mattress. More on that in our next post later this week.