Surprise! This Is the Best Position to Sleep for Your Body
But only 8% of people sleep in this position.
When bedtime cometh, do you plop into bed and curl up on your side? Stretch out on your stomach? Or do you look up at the stars, ahem, ceiling, above and slip into dreamland on your back?
According to experts, sleeping on your back is actually the best for your health (of course, if you're pregnant, recently had surgery, or have certain medical conditions, consult with your doctor about what sleeping position is best for you).
According to Sleep.org by the National Sleep Foundation, there's good reason sleeping on your back reigns supreme. "Though it’s not the most popular position—only eight percent of people sleep on their backs—it’s still the best. By far the healthiest option for most people, sleeping on your back allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position. This means that there’s no extra pressure on those areas, so you're less likely to experience pain," a post on Sleep.org sharing the best sleeping positions states.
"Sleeping facing the ceiling also ideal for warding off acid reflux. Just be sure to use a pillow that elevates and supports your head enough—you want your stomach to be below your esophagus to prevent food or acid from coming up your digestive tract," the article continues. Worth noting: Sleeping on your back can be a dangerous position for those with sleep apnea and can worsen snoring. As always, talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
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Chiropractor Chris Tomshack, CEO and founder of HealthSource Chiropractic, elaborates on the benefits of sleeping on your back: "[Doing so] promotes keeping the spine in a neutral, non-stressed position which helps maintain good alignment all night long. Back sleeping can also alleviate and often prevent back and neck pain. Finally, sleeping on your back can minimize pillow induced wrinkles and acid reflux." We'll take it.
If you're used to sleeping on your stomach or side, sleeping on your back can take some adjustment. But rest assured — pun intended — it can be worth the payoff.