Sleep.org ranked which way is the best to sleep from best to worst. How do you stack up?
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.
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.
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.
Sex positions are a thing, but have you heard of sleeping positions? This is the position that a couple will take while sleeping. It is subject to change throughout the night, but have you ever wondered what it means when your partner turns away from you while sleeping? After all, a person can show true intentions when asleep and with their guard down. Here is a list of sleeping positions and what they mean for your relationship.
Cherish – back to back but touching
- This position shows that you are both comfortable and relaxed in the relationship.
The Spoon – arguably the best utensil
- One partner will take a protective stance over the other (can be interchanged)
The Liberty Lovers – back to back and not touching
- This is the most common sleeping position. It shows trust, closeness, and independence.
The Tangle – true to its word, just a complete front-facing tangle
- This position is more commonly seen in new relationships, as it showcases intense emotion. However, it also shows a higher level of dependency.
The Nuzzle – one person’s head is on the other’s chest
- This position shows one partner nurturing and protecting the other.
The Leg Hug – entangled legs
- This position depicts that your lives are completely intertwined. It also stands for a need for emotional or sexual connection.
The Space Hog – when one partner starfishes across the whole bed
- This person tends to be selfish and dominant to a fault, so perhaps a conversation is in the works. It cannot be comfortable to sleep compressed on the edge of the bed.