facebook pixel Sleep Habits: What Does The Way You Sleep Say About You?
Site Search
< Blog Home < Healthy Living

Sleep Habits: What Does The Way You Sleep Say About You?

Right-side sleeper? Left side? Stomach? Back? Find our what your preferred sleep position says about you.

 Which sleep position is best for you? Side? Back? Stomach? Lady sleeping on her side.

Regardless of how you sleep, one thing is certain—your sleeping pose can influence your overall health.

Related: What is Sleep Hygiene and Why is it Important?

Back Sleepers

Did you know if you are a back sleeper, you’re one of only 8% of the population? It may not be the most popular position, but it’s actually the healthiest position for you.

When you sleep on your back, you stay in a neutral position, meaning there is less pressure on your head, neck, and spine. This reduces the chances of putting extra pressure on those areas and will help properly maintain your head and spine alignment.

Sleeping on your back, especially with your head elevated, also helps decrease acid reflux. When your stomach is below your esophagus, it reduces the possibility of food or acid traveling up and causing heartburn.

Dermatologists and estheticians also claim sleeping on your back is best for your skin. The reason? You aren’t putting any extra pressure on your face or transferring the oils from your pillow onto your face. This helps stave off premature wrinkling and acne.

Related: 5 Tips For Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Side Sleepers

If you are prone to sleep apnea or snoring, then you may want to opt for the second best position for sleeping—on your side. When you are sleeping on your side, your airway stays open, and it’s much easier to breathe.

Additionally, if your neck is supported by a pillow, and your spine is elongated while you sleep, you are at little risk of back and neck pain caused by sleeping.

It’s also worth noting that sleeping on your side is necessary in some instances. For example, pregnant women are advised to sleep on their left side with a pillow between their legs. This position helps alleviate back pain, decreases risks of hypertension, increases blood flow, and ensures you’re not putting unnecessary pressure on your fetus or your internal organs.

If you prefer sleeping on your side, you're in good company, because it's the most popular position. Just remember to sleep with your legs extended, rather in the fetal position, for optimal benefits.

Stomach Sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach may be comfortable, but it is actually touted as the worst sleeping position for several reasons. This position doesn't provide support for your back, which leads to overarching of the spine. This could result in mild to severe back pain.

Stomach sleeping also puts pressure on your joints and muscles. If you are a stomach sleeper, chances are you wake up with muscle and/or joint pain, aches, numbness, or tingling every so often.

The one advantage that comes with sleeping on your stomach, however, is that it may reduce snoring.

If you're noticing any adverse side effects from your sleep position, consider mixing things up. Maybe you'll discover you get a better night's sleep!

Check out other healthy living articles.


SelectHealth may link to other websites for your convenience. SelectHealth does not expressly or implicitly recommend or endorse the views, opinions, specific services, or products referenced at other websites linked to the SelectHealth site, unless explicitly stated.

The content presented here is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

The Differences between Medicare and Medicaid

We’re explaining the main differences between Medicare and Medicaid—programs administered by the government that provide health care coverage.

Nutrition and Diet

Flourless Pumpkin Bread

This version of pumpkin bread only requires 6 ingredients—it’s made without flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

In the Community

Is Your Organization Keeping Utah Healthy? Apply for Our Award

Each year, we recognize 20 organizations that are making a healthy difference in Utah to help support their missions.

Business

What Playing Football Taught Me about Business

Here’s how my passion for playing football has helped me off the field.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Healthy Living

Your Comprehensive Guide to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is estimated to cause more than 40,000 deaths per year. Educate yourself with the essentials so you’re prepared.

Healthy Living

Winter Is Here, Are You Ready for a Storm?

Winter brings the potential for a winter storm. Here’s how to keep your home and family safe.

Healthy Living

Ways to Ease the Symptoms of a Cold or Sore Throat

Feel that tickle in your throat? Help your cold out with these simple remedies.

Healthy Living

What Is High Blood Pressure and How Can You Prevent It?

When it comes to high blood pressure, there are some things you can’t control. But there are things you can do every day to help manage it—we’ll explain what high blood pressure means and give you some tips for preventing it.

Post Author

Ashley Cummings