You already know when you crawl into bed which sleeping position best suits you, but did you realize that there are pros and cons for your health to each position?   Some can quell that loud snore, others can have a negative impact on your back, and some can even help to reduce wrinkles and acne!  The right mattress can be a good solution to some of the issues you might suffer due to your sleeping patterns, but it helps to identify them first.  Read on to see which sleeping position most matches yours and the possible side effects associated with it.  

 

Back Sleepers

sleeping facing up
  • You know who you are; your spouse has likely jabbed you in the ribs a half dozen times a night about your snoring!  Those who sleep on their backs are also more prone to sleep apnea.   When you sleep this way the back of your tongue has no choice but to fall into your airway, causing you to rumble like a freight train.  If you’re on the heavy side, you’re even more prone to breathing disruptions in this position.

  • Sleeping on your back isn’t all bad; this is the best possible position for your spine (especially for those who don’t use a pillow) and it also is the best position to let the mattress do its best work for you- supporting your body and its natural curvatures.  Arthritis sufferers will find some relief when sleeping on their backs. For those who suffer from acne or just want to keep wrinkles at bay as long as possible, sleeping on your back exposes your face and neck to the air as opposed to being mashed into your sheets or pillow.  Your body is at optimal weight distribution on your back, meaning that you’re minimizing pressure points.

 

Stomach Sleepers

sleeping facing down
  • Largely regarded in sleep studies as the worst position for sleeping, if you’re a diehard stomach sleeper try propping up your pelvis with a pillow to help ease the pressure on your back.  Sleeping on your stomach can flatten the curvature of your spine, so if you’re noticing back pain this is likely the culprit.  Stomach sleepers turn their heads to the side which can strain your neck, especially after hours of being in the same position.  In this position you’re putting undue pressure on your internal organs like your lungs, which can cause breathing interruptions.

  • You’re not snoring with this position, that’s for sure!  Sleeping on your belly can also reduce the likelihood of developing sleep apnea.

Side Sleepers

sleeping side position
  • The position prescribed to back sleepers as a fix for snoring; side sleepers have their own array of pros and cons.  The vast majority of the planet are side sleepers and sleeping on their left side is the position most prescribed to pregnant women as it increases blood circulation to the heart.

Even if you’re not expecting, studies show that side sleepers can ease their acid reflux or heartburn by lying on their left side.

  • On the down side, unless you alternate sides regularly, this position can put strain on certain organs, like your lungs or stomach.  The shoulder can get the brunt of your body weight, and if you’re sleeping on one arm, you’re likely to get pins and needles, as you cut off blood flow and apply pressure to nerves.

Whatever your preferred position, sleep is a necessity that has a large effect on your health.  Those that don’t get enough sleep are more prone to work related or driving accidents (and studies have shown that fatigue is akin to driving behind the wheel inebriated).  Serious sleep disorders can lead to depression, high blood pressure, stroke, memory loss, and heart failure.  Lack of sleep affects your skin condition as well – leaving you with puffy eyes and pale, rough skin when your skin’s ability to produce collagen is compromised.

Enough sleep, on the other hand, makes for a well rested and alert person who can tackle anything that comes their way during the day.  It heightens mood and allows your body to repair and regenerate cells.  You’ll look and feel better the closer you can get to a full (and recommended) 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.

No matter the sleeping position you naturally fall into, one great way to ensure a good night’s rest is by getting a great mattress.  A quality mattress can be the difference between waking fully rested and tossing and turning throughout the night hours.  Let us guide you towards the right mattress for you, whether you prefer a pillow top, innerspring, or memory foam.  We carry a large selection of mattresses to cater to all of our varied sleepers, ensuring you get the best rest possible, so you can be successful in your everyday.