4 best sleeping positions for better night’s sleep

Updated on November 4, 2020

What the best sleeping position that will help you get a better-quality night’s sleep? Keep reading below to find out! 

Did you know that an average person that sleeps for 8 hours a day will sleep for 229,961 hours during their lifetime? That’s basically one-third of one’s life. So, sleeping is a big part of our lives. 

Yet, there’s more to sleeping than just laying down and catching some Zzz’s. The quality of your sleep impacts your health, both mental and physical health, and your daily energy and vibe. Your sleeping position plays a huge role in your sleep quality, meaning that if you’re not getting enough sleep or you’re still feeling tired after 8 hours of sleep, you may want to switch it up. 

Here are four best sleeping positions that can help you get a good night’s sleep. 

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  1. Fetal position

Fetal position is the most popular sleep position, and it has plenty of benefits. It is great for lower back pain and pregnancy. What’s more, this sleeping position also helps with reducing snoring. 

Yet, sleeping in this position also has some downsides. For example, if you don’t have a posture that is relatively loose, it can limit deep breathing while you sleep. Also, the fetal position may not be the best choice for people with joint problems, as sleeping in a tight fetal position can leave you sore in the morning. 

  1. Sleeping on your side

Sleeping on the side usually gets a bad rap. However, it turns out that it may actually be pretty good, especially if you sleep on your left side. Sleeping in this position can help you reduce snoring and helps with digestion and heartburn. What’s more, if you choose a mattress from the best mattress for side sleepers, you’ll get the most out of sleeping on your side.      

A small study found out that sleeping on the right side can increase heartburn and acid reflux while sleeping on the left side can have all the benefits we’ve mentioned above. 

Yet, sleeping on your side can also have some downsides, as it may cause stiffness in your shoulders. What’s more, if you often sleep on one side, you may get jaw tightness on that particular side.  

  1. Sleeping on your stomach

Sleeping on your stomach might be comfortable for some people, but it doesn’t have that many benefits as other positions. This position is, however, particularly good for people who struggle with snoring and sleep apnea. 

Yet, if you constantly sleep on your stomach, you may struggle with neck and back pain. This position also puts unnecessary stress on your muscle and joints. So, you may wake up sore and tired. 

  1. Flat on your back

Sleeping on your back is the best position in terms of the benefits it has. It protects your spine and helps relieve hip and knee pain. What’s more, since your face doesn’t touch the pillow in this position, you are also protected from possible wrinkles. 

Yet, on the flip side, sleeping on the back might not be the best choice for people who struggle with snoring or sleep apnea. 

Each of us is different, meaning that what sleeping position may work best for one person might not work great for you. Try each of the sleeping positions mentioned above and choose the one that helps you get a good night’s sleep. 

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