One thing we all need is sleep. However, considering we spend so much of our time in bed, many people struggle to get a good night’s slumber.
Whether you sleep best under a cosy queen size quilt or you prefer the comfort of a sheet and blanket, the position you sleep in can make all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a night spent tossing and turning. But are some sleeping positions better than others?
Let’s take a look at the best and worst sleeping positions to find out.
Sleeping on your back is the perfect position for a healthy back and neck, as the spine is supported by your mattress and not forced into any unusual positions. It’s also the best position to avoid wrinkles that can be caused by pressing your face into a pillow.
However, back sleepers are more likely to suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, as when we sleep in this position the effect of gravity causes the base of the tongue to fall back and obstruct your airways.
It’s also worth noting that while you may be keeping your spine and neck straight while sleeping on your back covered by your comfy king size quilt, some sleep research has shown that back sleepers have more poor-quality sleep compared to people who sleep in other positions.
Hands up if your preferred sleeping position is curled up on your side under a traditional Australian washable wool quilt. If so, you’re not alone, as most people say that they sleep on their sides, either curled in a foetal position or lying on their side with their legs straight out.
It’s the best position for pregnant mums, as it relieves the pressure on the lower back and improves circulation to the heart. It’s also the best position to help prevent heartburn and acid reflux.
However, sleeping on your side is not without its problems, such as numb arms caused by restricted blood flow. Furthermore, as the shoulder has to support much of the weight of the body, it can often cause pain in the muscles in this area and around the neck.
Sleeping on your stomach may help to reduce snoring and sleep apnea but it can cause all kinds of problems. Not only does is flatten the natural curve of the spine but sleeping with your head turned to the side can also cause problems with your neck.
So, if your preferred position is on your stomach you may want to train yourself to sleep in a different position.
Vary your sleep position
Most of us find it difficult to sleep unless we’re in our preferred position. However, if you’re finding restful sleep elusive or you’re waking up with aches and pains you may want to try a different position.
And, don’t forget to make sure that your bed is as comfy as possible, by investing in a new wool doona online, the quilt Australia is famous for.