What is the best sleeping position?


An adequate amount of sleep is very essential for the well being of your health. For proper functioning of your brain, other body organs and emotions, a good amount of sleep is required each day. According to studies, an average person spends one third of their life in bed (which is 25 years). The calculation is done based on a person living up to 75 years and sleeping 8 hours a day.

Sleeping position plays an important role in our lives. Problems like back pain, neck pain or pain along the spine are due to wrong sleeping positions that may result in other severe medical conditions. When it comes to sleeping position, one must be aware of which sleeping position is ideal for their body. The common types of sleeping positions and their effects are given below-

Sleeping on your side

Sleeping on your side helps in decreasing acid reflux and as the spine is elongated, this sleeping position decreases neck and back pain to a great extent. For people who snore, this position can be a good one as the airways are open. This is the best option for people with sleep apnea. Fifteen percent if adults choose to sleep on their side. However as half of your face pushes against the pillow, this can lead to wrinkles. Also the number of pillows you use while sleeping plays an important factor. Too many pillows or few pillows result in neck strain as the neck rests on an uncomfortable angle. So keeping the right number of pillows is very essential for your sleep. Also do not forget to place a pillow between your knees which will help you to support your knees and keep your spine aligned.

Sleeping in the fetal position is one of the most popular one, with 41 percent of adult choosing this position. The position is good for people to ease snore and it also improves circulation in the body. Too curled up fetal position can restrict breathing in diaphragm and create problems for people with arthritis. So straightening up your body and placing a pillow in between knees can help you to sleep comfortably.

Sleeping on your back

This is one of the most commonly advised sleeping positions by sleep experts and physiotherapists. Though only eight percent of people sleep on their back, this position helps in warding off acid reflux. Your head, neck and spine is in a neutral position and there is no extra pressure on these areas. However you need to place the pillow in such a way that your head is elevated and get the proper amount of support. Sleeping on your back can result in severe snoring and is bad for people suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleeping on your stomach

This position is good for people to ease snoring but it may lead to neck and back pain along with body numbness, ache and irritated nerves. Seven percent of people choose this position to sleep. Try to lie with your face down so that the upper airways are open for proper breathing.

A proper bed is very necessary for people to sleep comfortably. Apart from the sleeping position, a bed with flexible mobility can help you to get rid of back pain, cramp, spinal disorder, stress and anxiety, swollen ankles, hip pain and more. Adjustamatic beds are the best option for people looking for beds with flexible range of adjustments available as per their needs. Offering relief from ache and pain, the bed can go from lying to sitting position as and when you feel like. The integrated technology in these beds can ensure adequate amount of sleep for elderly people and adults. Sleeping in the right position and on a proper bed can help in proper body functioning and thus help you to stay fit.