Are you sleeping comfortably? A great night’s rest will help ensure you’re ready to take on any challenges that come your way. In addition, how you sleep may impact more than just your day-to-day approach to challenges, which is reflected in a recent study.
A Better Sleep Council study revealed that your sleep position may determine your personality. As such, you’ll want to sleep in a comfortable position every night; otherwise, failure to do so could negatively affect your personality.
So what are the best sleep positions? Here’s a closer look at four sleep positions you need to know about:
1. On Your Back
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) ranks sleeping on your back as the top sleep position – despite the fact that only 8 percent of adults sleep on their back.
Sleeping on your back enables you to relax your head, neck and spine consistently, according to the NSF. And if you face the ceiling while you rest, you may be better equipped to fight off acid reflux as well.
Although sleeping on your back offers a number of benefits, it is important to note that snoring can become more severe in this position. Thus, if you suffer from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, you may want to consider another position.
2. On Your Side
If you sleep on your side, your spine becomes elongated, which can help you minimize neck pain.
Also, sleeping on your side represents an ideal option for those who struggle with snoring, and it will enable you to keep your airways open throughout the night.
The NSF reports approximately 15 percent of adults sleep on their side. Furthermore, wrinkles remain the lone downside of sleeping on your side, as wrinkles may form due to the fact that half of your face pushes against a pillow.
3. In the Fetal Position
The most popular sleeping position for adults, the fetal position has been shown to enhance circulation in the body. Plus, it represents a great sleeping position for pregnant women and minimizes the risk of the uterus pressing against the liver.
On the other hand, the fetal position may restrict breathing in your diaphragm if you curl up too tightly. Therefore, you should try to straighten your body as much as possible if you decide the fetal position is right for you.
4. On Your Stomach
The NSF points out 7 percent of adults sleep on their stomach, and this sleep position can help reduce snoring.
Conversely, sleeping on your stomach puts additional pressure on the muscles and joints, which may lead to aches, numbness and tingling. Sleeping on your stomach also has been associated with back and neck pain, and it can be difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position if an individual sleeps on his or her stomach.
If you sleep on your stomach, be sure to lie face-down with your forehead propped up on a pillow. By doing so, you’ll be able to keep your upper airways open while you sleep.
Ultimately, it is important to find a sleep position that ensures you can enjoy restful sleep. After you find the right sleep position, you’ll be better equipped to get plenty of Zzz’s night after night.