3 Optimum Sleeping Positions – Sweet Dreams are Made of These!

sleep-2I know what you’re thinking; I can’t control how I sleep, so why bother? And you’re right; some people toss and turn throughout the night, but many (typically deep sleepers) stay completely stationary throughout the night. Plus, if you attempt to fall asleep in certain positions, you’ll notice benefits depending on your spine, health and age, regardless of how comfortable your bed actually is. Beds can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and with the internet at your fingertips there are many places you find cheap beds, just check out the link for a glimpse of what I’m talking about! The whole bed experience can be changed to suit your needs, including mattresses, pillows and even duvets; but it’s body position that can make all the difference. The more comfortable the position, the better you’ll sleep, meaning less movement and disruption to your sleep pattern!

So what are the best positions? Here are just a few:

Side: By sleeping on your side, you can ensure a greater night’s sleep. This is the best position for pregnant women, as it reduces strain on the stomach. Remember to use a plump pillow to support the gap between your shoulder and
your head! The only downside to this is that it isn’t necessarily great for your skin or your breasts – the effects of gravity on breasts will cause their ligaments to stretch, resulting in sagging later in life, and by pressing the side of your face into a pillow, you could create wrinkles. But all this can be remedied with regular moisturising, and the benefits of sleeping on your side outweigh the downsides.

Back: Sleeping on your back is one of the most recommended positions for both men and women. It keeps your body in a neutral position, avoiding any kinks or unnatural bends in your spine, and also keeps acid reflux at bay by keeping your head elevated (use a thinner pillow for this position in order to avoid awkward neck angles).

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Yearner: This is an unusual one. It’s similar to the side position, but with arms stretching out in front of you, like you’re going in for a hug. It’s good because it avoids compromising the position of your spine, muscles and ligaments in your back, and if you position yourself at a quarter turn you can ensure that your arms stay comfortable without going dead. If you have an hourglass figure, place a thin pillow or cushion on your midriff to keep the spine straight, and if you don’t like lying in a straight line, bring your knees up to create a gentle curving position (though place another thin pillow between your knees if you do!)

These are the three best positions for optimum sleep and health. Positions like the skydive (on stomach with both arms beside your head) and the foetal position (curled up) can actually cause problems with your neck and back, as well as block airways and create inefficient breathing! The best way to test your best sleeping position is to simply lie there for the ten minutes or so before you go to bed, and pay attention to whether each muscle can relax in comfort. This process will also help you get to sleep better; treat it as a kind of meditation! It’s also best to use a good mattress; there are many excellent quality beds available to you, so get yourself the best and most comfortable best for optimum sleep. Sweet dreams!