How Do You Sleep In Bed—Stomach, Side or Back?

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Sleep.org ranked which way is the best to sleep from best to worst. How do you stack up?

  1. Back

Only 8% of people sleep on their back and it is still the best for you. According to research, sleeping on your back allows your body to remain in the neutral position with your head, neck, and spine in rest. No extra pressure means less pain. Downside of this position, it can cause your tongue to block the breathing tube, which can make snoring more severe and problematic for sleep apnea sufferers.

  1. Side

15% of adults sleep on their side where the spine is elongated and helps to diminish back and neck pain. With the airways open, you are also less likely to snore and it is a great choice for people with sleep apnea. One wrinkle, it can lead to them because half of your face is pushed into a pillow.

  1. Stomach

7% of adults sleep this way and the only thing this is good for is snoring and that’s about it. Sleeping this way causes back and neck pain, putting pressure on muscles and joints, leading to numbness, tingling, and a host of other issue. Their suggestion if you can only sleep this way, sleep with your forehead propped up on the pillow (instead of with your head turned to one side) to allow room to breathe.

 

Curious to know what it means if you sleep like a starfish or you and your partner nuzzle in bed? Learn about it here for singles and here for couples.

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