What is the best sleeping position?

The best sleeping position is generally the one that promotes the best slumber. Your sleeping position can positively or negatively affect your body, particularly if you have other health concerns. Here are the most common sleeping positions and their impact on your body:

  • Sleeping on your back supports your spine and neck. People with obstructive sleep apnea might find sleeping on their back more comfortable than other positions. However, individuals with chronic back pain may find it difficult to sleep on their back.
  • Sleeping on your stomach will result in your head turned in one direction or the other for the entire time you are asleep, which can cause neck pain. Sleeping on your stomach also extends your neck backward, compressing your spine, which can cause your arm to tingle or fall asleep due to constricted blood flow and compressed nerves.
  • It is crucial to keep your head in a neutral position, with your chin straight ahead while sleeping on your side, as sleeping in a fetal position with your chin down can cause neck pain. However, some people may experience shoulder pain when sleeping on their side for long periods.

Alternating between sleeping on your back and sides tends to be more comfortable and less stressful on your spine than sleeping on your stomach. It is important to be mindful about keeping your spine aligned as bad postural habits while sleeping can manifest into chronic and painful ailments in the future.

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