What is the best position to sleep in? What is the best position to sleep in?

A good sleeping position can help prevent aches and pains in the morning.

After a hard day’s work, the last thing you are likely to think about is how you should position your body to get a good night’s sleep and let your body recover. As the University of Rochester Medical Center explains, the following are the benefits of good nighttime postural hygiene.

On your back

  • Sleeping on your back helps prevent back pain and reduces acid reflux.
  • A small pillow under your knees can reduce the stress on your spine.
  • The pillow you use to support your head should maintain the natural curve of your neck and shoulders.

On your side

  • This is perfect for people that suffer from some type of respiratory disease. It also helps reduce snoring.
  • Placing a firm pillow between your knees reduces the tension on your hips and lower back.
  • Sleeping on your left side helps increase the circulation of blood to your heart.

The Sleep Advisor webpage explains that the least recommended position is on your stomach. This increases the stress on your neck and back and makes it difficult to breathe.

See also: When snoring disturbs your sleep


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