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Healthy Sleep Positions And What They Say About You


Healthy Sleep Positions And What They Say About You

When it comes to getting a great night’s rest and your overall health, there are a variety of facets to consider. You may have considered the amount of sleep that you get, your sleep temperature or the amount of light in your room, but have you ever thought about your sleep position? Not only can your sleep position affect your quality of sleep, but it can also say a lot about your personality. Today we’ll discuss the best sleep positions for back pain, pregnancy and more, as well as discuss what certain sleep positions mean in relation to your personality.


Sleep Positions For Back Pain 

Back pain can be the result of a variety of symptoms or injuries, and there are a variety of ways to treat it. While there isn’t much research linking back pain to sleeping habits or positions, experts do believe that those with back pain more commonly suffer from sleep deprivation compared to those without back pain. If you’re unable to sleep at night due to back pain, the answer might be in something as simple as a pillow. For those suffering from back pain who sleep on their side, many suggest sleeping with a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your pelvis, and if you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees. Each of these positions help alleviate stress on your back and help encourage its natural curve. If you have additional questions about sleep positions that alleviate back pain, please consult your doctor. 


Sleep Positions While Pregnant 

Whether you were sleeping comfortably pre-pregnancy or not, chances are your “normal” sleep positions won’t feel as comfortable once you’re pregnant. A variety of issues can keep you up at night, whether it’s the enlarged abdomen, heartburn, shortness of breath and more, there are a few solutions. Most suggest sleeping on your side while pregnant, and even putting a pillow between your legs to alleviate back pain. Sleeping on your left side is recommended versus sleeping on your right as this helps with circulation as well as sending nutrient-packed blood to your growing baby. Sleeping on your back or stomach is discouraged for a variety of reasons including the safety of the baby, creating increased back pain for you, shortness of breath and poor blood circulation. Again, if you have additional questions about sleep positions while pregnant, please consult your doctor.


Sleep Positions For Those With Sleep Apnea 

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, that’s a lot of people that are left tired and groggy after countless restless nights of sleep. While there are a variety of remedies, procedures and tools to help those with sleep apnea sleep better at night, an additional solution could be found in your sleep position. According to the National Institutes of Health, those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) slept better on their sides rather than on their stomach or back. During the study, the apnea index was found to be twice as high when the subjects laid on their backs or stomachs. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, always consult your doctor and consider sleeping on your side.


Healthy Sleep Positions

Each sleep position has its pros and cons, however some have more pros than others. Sleeping on your back can be good for your spine because you’re keeping it in a neutral position, rather than twisting your back into a strenuous position, which may happen if you sleep on your side or stomach. It can also be good for your skin and help avoid wrinkles. However, if you’re one of the many that suffer from sleep apnea (and even if you’re not) sleeping on your back can constrict your airways and encourage snoring. While many prescribe side sleeping for a variety of sleeping issues, you could also put a lot of strain on the arm of the side you’re sleeping on. Consider alternating sides if you’re a side sleeper. Little research supports stomach sleeping as a healthy sleeping position as it makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spinal position and can also add pressure to your joints.


What Certain Sleep Positions Say About You

Did you know that many body language specialists believe that your sleep position can be linked to your personality? It’s true! Some could argue this is as valid as your horoscope, but this part is more fun. For example, if you sleep in what is referred to as the “soldier sleep style”, meaning you sleep on your back with your hands by your side, researchers say that you tend to be very structured and take yourself seriously. If you sleep in the “freefall position”, meaning on your stomach with your head to either side and your arms under your pillow, then you are characterized as a free spirit. There are a variety of sleep styles out there, to determine your sleep style personality visit here.


Whether you need to alleviate back pain, improve your sleep during pregnancy or you’re just looking for healthier sleeping habits, a simple position change could be just what you need. For other sleep tips & tricks, visit our blog or at