We Ranked The Best Sleeping Positions For Your Health

Grab a blanket and position yourself nicely

Sep 7, 2017

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With a little commitment, anyone could slightly adjust their sleeping patterns, get a great night’s sleep, and feel well rested the next day. Sleeping is an essential part of living healthfully, and finding a good sleeping position is just as important as getting logging in those 7-8 hours. A good position can prevent back, stomach, or neck pain, and ensure you’re getting quality rest. Check out the best sleeping positions for your health - ranked for your convenience.

FIRST PLACE: ON YOUR BACK

Sleeping on your back keeps your spine, head, and neck in a neutral position, which takes any pressure off those areas and doesn’t cause your spine to curve. While sleeping on your back isn’t ideal for those with sleep apnea, it is great for acid reflux--as long as you keep your head elevated. Sleeping on your back is also great for keeping wrinkles at bay.

SECOND PLACE: ON YOUR SIDE

The vast majority of people sleep on their side. Sleeping on your side can prevent snoring and keep your spine from curving. In general, as long as you keep your legs and torso straight, this is a great position. This one will also decrease acid reflux and reduce neck pain.

THIRD PLACE: THE FETAL POSITION

If curling up is the most comfortable position for you, try and keep your body straight as much as you can. The fetal position is an excellent position if you’re pregnant. If you keep your torso hunched and knee bent, it can improve your circulation both in your body and fetus.

FOURTH PLACE: THE STARFISH POSITION

The starfish position (lying on your back with your arms up) is also a healthy position, and a slight tweak on sleeping on your back. Although the starfish is a good choice, varying up your arm posture (keeping them down and at your sides) will help you avoid shoulder pain down the road, and maintain a good posture.

REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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