proper way to sleep

What is the Proper Way to Sleep? Your Best Sleeping Positions

You may have a favorite sleeping position, but is it what’s best for your body? If you’re losing hours of sleep per night because you’re waking up in pain or tossing and turning, maybe you should try a different tactic.

The Proper Way to Sleep is Different for Everyone

Although we all have the same sleep requirements in order to keep our minds and bodies healthy, we each have different needs when considering how to get the best sleep. The best sleeping position varies based on whether or not you snore, have back problems, and a number of other factors. Here are some pluses and minuses to each sleeping position:

The Fetal Position

As the most popular way to sleep, laying on the side with both the torso and knees bent is comfortable for many and is great for pregnant women and anyone who snores. But the fetal position can cause difficulty sleeping since it can create pain in the back from being so hunched over, and a mattress that’s too firm can put too much pressure on the shoulders and hips. If this is your favorite position, try to straighten out your back and legs periodically to give yourself a stretch, and look into a mattress that’s more conforming, such as memory foam.

The Side Position

Like the fetal position, sleeping on your side with legs and torso straight is comfortable for many. It reduces snoring because the airway stays open, and is great for relieving pressure in the back and neck pain IF you have a supportive mattress. But since side sleepers are at risk of throwing their spines out of neutral position during the night, it’s best to put a pillow between the knees to prevent pain.


Sleeping on the Back

Although it’s the least popular position, lying on the back is the most proper way to sleep. When using the right pillow or not pillow at all, back sleeping allows the head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position, reducing the chances of pain. But some may avoid lying on their backs because it can aggravate acid reflux and can cause the tongue to cover the airway, leading to snoring and even worse, sleep apnea. If you’ve been having difficulty sleeping on your back, or want to try sleeping on your back, choose a pillow that elevates the head or consider an adjustable base that can raise the entire head of the bed.

On the Stomach

Many of us automatically turn onto our stomachs throughout the night, but this is the least proper way to sleep. If your mattress is too soft, your hips can sag and fall out of alignment with your spine, and lying with your neck turned to the side all night causes a lot of strain on your neck muscles. So, if you have difficulty sleeping in any position other than on your stomach, make sure you have a firm mattress that keeps your spine neutral. And if at all possible, try sleeping with your forehead elevated on a pillow, so you don’t have to turn your head.

Knowing How to Get the Best Sleep is Only Part of the Equation

If you’re not getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, you could try a different sleeping position. But often, the best way to start meeting your sleep requirements is to invest in a new bed that makes you more comfortable. Sagging hips, crushed shoulders or a bed that’s just too old for comfort will always cause difficulty sleeping. With Mark’s Mattress’ exclusive line of Sleep Natural™ mattresses, you’ll be able to find a bed that keeps you comfortable and cool for years to come. Visit one of our showrooms today to find out how we can help you sleep better!


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