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Which Sleep Postion is most healthy?

Posted by Foreword John with MBA, followed by Tips directly from Dr. Mercola on

As sleep experts in the mattress industry its important that consumers know the most important positions to sleep. Many alignments, stiffness, and problems are cause by sleep position. Sleep positions are chosen usually for comfort, but did you know your current mattress may also have something to do with your favorite sleep position?

Experts say a sleep position may cause you neck and back pain, stomach issues, even premature aging.  We will list out which are the most beneficial to the worst sleep positions.

1. Back Sleeper - This is the best sleep position. Sleeping directly on your back maybe the worst position for snoring, but is the best position for the spine. In this position your back and neck are aligned better, it can help with healing and circulation better. The organs lay flat in the back position. It is even said that if you wish you have perkier breast that the back is the best position to sleep in. * The perfect mattress is a firm mattress. 20% of people fall in this category.

2. Side Sleeper - This is the next best position to sleep in. Preferably on your left side is better than your right side. Your organs spiral clockwise, so digestion is better when you sleep on your left side than your right. On your right side your digestion is going up hill, and on the left side digestion is aided because food has a down hill spiral affect. It is better to sleep on your side during pregnance. Snoring is reduced, however it can be less good for the skin as well as bad for womens' breast. * The perfect mattress is a medium to plush for a side sleeper. However the fetal position is not recommended. 70% of people fall in this category.

3. Stomach Sleeper - This is the best position to stop snoring, but by far the worst position of them all. This increases nerve damage, back pain, neck pain, and a terrible position for the spine. * The best mattress for this position is a firm mattress. 10% of people fall in this category.

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DR MERCOLA says this about positions of sleep.

Getting a sound night’s sleep is an incredibly important part of optimizing your health and well-being, and one facet of restful sleep is the position in which you sleep. Most people naturally favor one sleep position over another, and it’s perfectly natural to listen to your body in this respect.

Whether you prefer sleeping on your back, side, stomach or somewhere in between, as long as that position equates to a good night’s sleep for you -- and allows you to wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free -- go ahead with it. If, on the other hand, you’re waking up with back and neck pain, or struggling with snoring or acid reflux, adjusting your sleep position may help.

Sleeping on Your Back: The Best Position of All?

It’s generally accepted that the best sleep position is on your back. When you sleep on your back your head, neck and spine maintain a neutral position, and acid reflux symptoms are minimized. Because your face is not pushed up against a pillow, back sleeping may also be best for preventing facial wrinkles.

When sleeping on your back no pillow is actually best for your spine, but a fluffy pillow that keeps your head supported while still being relatively thin will also work. If you use a thick pillow you’ll lose out on some of the benefit of back sleeping, as this will push your head and neck forward, impacting your breathing.

The biggest downside to back sleeping, though, is that it may lead to snoring in some people. The New York Times reported one study found that 54 percent of snorers were "positional snorers," which means they only snored while sleeping on their backs. So switching to your side while sleeping is a simple trick to try if snoring is interfering with your, or your partner's, sleep -- although it likely won't work to reduce snoring for everyone.

What about Side and Stomach Sleeping?

Side sleeping allows your spine to stay in a fairly neutral position while helping to reduce snoring issues, if present, in some people. However, if you like to put your hand under your head while in this position it can compress nerves in your shoulder and arm, making your fingers numb.

You may also experience some tightness in your shoulder and neck muscles.

Sleeping on your side in the fetal position may lead to even more aches and pains, due to the fact that your body is tightly curled up for hours at a time. As for stomach sleeping, it’s generally regarded as the worst position of all because of the way it distorts the natural curve of your lower spine. Stomach sleeping may also impact your neck and lungs.

Some people, however, do find that sleeping on their side with a pillow between their knees radically improves their low back pain, as it tends to normalize the normal spinal curves.

The Best Sleep Position if You’re Pregnant

Aside from leading to backache, this can reduce circulation to your baby as well as lead to low blood pressure and problems with breathing and digestive upset. Sleeping on your stomach will also become uncomfortable in the later months of pregnancy.

So the best position overall during pregnancy is on your side, and particularly on your left side.This optimizes circulation and blood flow, increasing the amount of nutrients that reach your placenta and baby, while also allowing you to support your back, knees and stomach with pillows.

What Your Sleep Position Says About You

Your preferred sleep position may reveal clues about your personality, according to an analysis by Professor Chris Idzikowski of the UK’s Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. For instance:

  • The Fetus: Sleeping in the fetal position means you are tough on the outside but have a sensitive heart. You may also be shy at first when meeting new people.
  • Log: People who sleep on their side with legs straight and arms straight at their sides are easy-going and social, but may be gullible.
  • The Yearner: Side sleepers who stretch their arms out in front make slow decisions but stick with them once their mind is made up. They also tend to be open in nature with an air of cynicism.
  • Soldier: The solider position is flat on your back with arms down at your sides. Soldier sleepers are typically reserved and quiet but hold themselves to high standards.
  • Freefall: Freefall is sleeping on your stomach with your head turned to one side and arms cradling your pillow. Freefallers may be nervy and brash but dislike criticism.
  • Starfish: Sleeping on your back with both arms up over your head (bent at elbows) is the starfish position. Starfish sleepers are helpful and make good listeners, but they prefer not being the center of attention.

Interestingly, the analysis found that virtually everyone chooses one sleeping position to stick to, with only 5 percent sleeping in a different position each night. Overall, the most popular position was the fetus, with 41 percent of survey participants (including twice as many women as men) sleeping in this position.