The Best Sleeping Posture

Sleeping well and in a good position can mean the difference between waking up refreshed rather than waking up trashed, feeling achy and generally sore – so what’s your sleeping posture?

If you wake up with a stiff neck or shoulders, then the position you sleep in could well be a big factor.

What position do you sleep in? Find out how your sleeping posture affects you here:

Sleeping posture: Sleeping on your front, lying on your stomach

Woah there! We’re into the wild west of sleeping postures here. Denounced by health practitioners, parents, nurses and, well, me, this is the bad boy of the pack. Sleeping on your front has a host of hazards like these:

  • Your neck is cricked meaning that your jaw is pushed hard into your skull by your pillow.
  • Your forehead is likely to get wrinkled and zig-zagged like Harry Potter after a bad zapping. Old-age forehead ahoy!
  • Your lower back is likely to curve as you sink into the mattress, which can leave you with a sore back too.
  • Where are your arms supposed to go? Usually they’ll end up over your head like you’re line-dancing in your sleep, and this doesn’t help those shoulders or your neck at all!

The worst of all positions. Yet, somehow, if you’re used to sleeping like this, it’s the one that seems most comfy. The one that gets you to sleep.

Options for front sleepers

The last thing you want to do is lose your ability to fall asleep, so trying to sleep on your back is unlikely to help. Try sleeping on your side instead, and with enough pillow support to keep your neck neutral with your shoulders. If that doesn’t help, you could try a front-sleepers pillow. These are generally thinner to stop your head being pushed back.

Sleeping posture: Sleeping on your side

Considered better than sleeping on your front, this is the half-way house of sleep postures. It’s how most of us sleep.

The problems with sleeping on your side are:

  • Your pillows could be too high or too low, leaving your neck sagging or pushed up, and causing pain and stiffness.
  • If your mattress is too hard, you’ll get pain in the hip.
  • If your mattress is too soft, your hip will sink in, leaving your spine poorly aligned.
  • You may inadvertently suck up any passing spiders or bugs, but hey, it’s free protein.
  • You’ll probably have to turn over to the other side several times in the night
  • If you have a bed partner, you might end up with them breathing in your face. Yuck.

Options for side sleepers

If I were you, I’d take the win and be glad you don’t sleep on your front. For most of us, this is a good enough posture. Just make sure to have enough pillows to fill the gap between your shoulder up to your ear, so that your neck is nicely supported. Feel free to judge front-sleepers negatively and bask in your superiority.

Sleeping posture: Sleeping on your back

Well, we really are a goody-two-shoes aren’t we? All comfy and cosy and waking up refreshed! You just know you’re in the right already, but you might not be so popular with your bed-partner, because of this one down-side:

You’re most likely to snore in the position.

But, whatever, so long as you get a good night’s sleep eh?

Options for back sleepers:

Stick with it, you are the golden sleepers, we all envy you, all hail to you, back sleeper.

Find out more about good posture.