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Common Sleep Positions and How they Affect You

The position you sleep in affects your sleep, sleep positions can contribute to your quality of rest

Some sleep positions are better for us than others. And, we would all certainly like to make the most out of the time we spend in bed once we get there. So, here are a couple of popular positions that people choose when they sleep, and how they can affect your body:

•On your stomach: Sleeping on your stomach can lead to very uncomfortable neck pain the next day. This is because your neck must be positioned either right or left, and likely for an extended period of time. Albeit probably uncomfortable, sleeping on one’s stomach can help open up the upper respiratory tract, and thus minimize snoring.

•On your back: If you have frequent back pain, sleeping on your back can help.   When we lay on our backs, our spines become naturally aligned—meaning very   little stress is being put on our backbones. Furthermore, placing a pillow beneath   your knees while you sleep on your back can help keep the spine’s natural curvature while you rest. However, sleeping on you back can increase the likelihood that you will snore.

•On your side: This is the position most recommended for pregnant women. Specifically, it can help increase the blood flow to your baby, as well as the amount of vitamins and minerals. As far as those who aren’t pregnant, side-sleeping still has benefits. This position can help to reduce snoring, as well as be a preventative measure for neck and back pain.

It is important to keep in mind that one position might be great for your spouse, but not so much for you. So, considering the pros and cons of each position and how they relate to you will help to ensure you get the best possible rest.

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