sleep positionsNot getting a good night’s sleep can have some pretty adverse effects. Not only can you end up feeling drained and groggy, but a sleep deprived mind often has to work harder to carry out simple day-to-day tasks. Sleeplessness can also lead to serious health disorders, including heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.

If you want to make sure you get your eight hours every night, it might be as simple as sleeping in the right position.

Here are four of the best sleeping positions:

 

1)      The Soldier Position

Sleeping on your back is ideal for supporting the natural curve of your spine, which will minimise back pain. The key to sleeping comfortably in this position is that your pillow needs to be just the right size – too big and you could end up propping up your head too much and altering the spine’s curve. The back position isn’t always great for those that suffer from snoring though.

 

2)      The Foetal Position

The foetal position (lying on your side with your knees lifted towards your body) is one of the most popular sleeping styles there is. Over 40% of people sleep in this position, which helps to keep the spine in a natural shape whilst also keeping the body warm. It helps you to breathe easy as well, as it doesn’t compress your lungs or airway as much as other positions.

 

3)      The Starfish Position

One that people sleeping alone in double beds are likely to recognise! People that sleep in this position lie on their back and stretch their arms and legs out. It’s thought that this position allows you to relax more. The position looks a lot like the yoga pose savasana (also known as ‘the corpse pose’), which is designed to give you ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

4)      The Freefall Position

This position can produce the most aches and pains, as sleeping on your front can alter the natural curve of the spine. This is especially the case if your mattress is too soft, as it won’t support you enough. You might also find that you develop a crick in your neck from turning your head to the side – the best way to alleviate this is to raise one shoulder slightly by supporting it with your pillow. The freefall position is very good for the digestive system though, which is a plus.

At the end of the day, the sleeping position that you choose will come down to personal preference and comfort. The key to minimising back pain, snoring and other aches and annoyances associated with sleep is often to invest in the right kind of mattress and pillow for you.

This article was written by Sam Rigby on behalf of Odd Mattress, a company specialising in luxury mattresses that are completely made to measure.

 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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