Should you change your sleeping position?
Sleeping Positions: Sweet Dreaming or Total Nightmare?
When you get in bed and cozy into your covers at night, you probably don’t put much thought into whether you’re on your side, back, or stomach. But if you snore like a bear every time your head hits the pillow or you wake up feeling stiff as a board, it might be time to switch things up at bedtime.
Here’s the scoop on the benefits and drawbacks of the most common sleeping positions.
The Good: Side sleeping is by far the most commonly reported sleep position, and for good reason—it can have a whole lot of health benefits. If you snore or have breathing problems, sleeping on your side is the best choice for opening your airways so you can breathe better at night, says sleep specialist W. Christopher Winter, MD, medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Plus, it can be ideal for your spine and might help ease low back pain. The slightly curled-in fetal position re-creates the natural curve your spine had in the womb, before holding your head up, sitting down, or walking around changed the curvature of your spine and potentially put stress on your lower back, explains Winter. Snoozing on your side can help give your spine a break from the tension from holding your head up, standing, or sitting throughout the day.
Curling up on the side could also be good for your brain.
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