Do you sleep on your back, on your stomach, or on your side? You may not think it matters, but that’s just not true. The exact way you sleep may affect sleep comfort, the quality of sleep, and ultimately your emotional and physical well-being. What are the pros and cons of different sleeping positions?
Although you may need the right mattress to make it happen, sleeping on your back is considered one of the most effective ways to support the natural shape and curve of your spine. (Even if you sleep on your back, a dated, flat mattress does not support the S-shape of the neck and spine.) Sleeping on your back evenly distributes your weight, taking less of a toll on your organs and joints. For this reason, it is beneficial for people with arthritis to sleep on their backs. There is a notable downside: this particular position may make snoring symptoms even worse.
Experts reveal that stomach sleepers generally experience less lower back pain, and some even believe sleeping on your stomach can help alleviate problems sleeping at night because it allegedly lowers your blood pressure. Researchers and healthcare professionals are still trying to substantiate claims about blood pressure benefits, however.
What About Sleeping On Your Side?
Sleeping on your side can have a lot of benefits. Like sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side can also help support your spine more naturally (than sleeping on your stomach). Many believe sleeping on your left side will help manage acid reflux symptoms, and pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their sides for its benefits to the baby. Adjustable beds and adjustable bed mattresses can help increase the benefits of any of these positions. For one, adjustable beds may better fit the curve of your spine. Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds are also available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. The brand has been in business more than 40 years, and with over 40,000 beds sold during that time.
Your sleep position matters. If you have certain medical problems or difficulty sleeping, you may want to reconsider your sleep position. Adjustable beds can help support sleepers more fully and completely, whether they are sleeping on their stomachs, backs, or sides.