What your sleep positions can tell you?
There are three basic sleeping positions: side, back, and stomach, each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Sleeping on your side, according to sleep experts, allows you to relax more comfortably and reduces the chances of being awakened throughout the night.
Side snoozers will appreciate.
While there are many other ways to sleep on your side, many of which can help with insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation, the most comfortable posture is to bend your knees slightly upward toward your chest. Place a pillow between your legs if you have a bad back to relieve strain on your hips and lower back. For people with back or hip pain, sleeping on your side is recommended. It's also safe for pregnant women, particularly on the left side.
Sleeping on your back is more comfortable.
If you like to sleep on your back, be aware that it might cause lower back pain and even apnea, both of which disrupt proper sleep and rest. However, you can make a few tiny adjustments to this position to improve your sleep quality: To aid the natural bend of the spine, place a soft pillow or rolled-up towel under your knees.
Sleepers who sleep on their stomachs should be aware of the following warnings.
If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, there's some bad news for you: Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended by sleep experts because it puts tension on your lower back and can cause neck problems. People who sleep on their stomachs experience more restlessness as a result of their constant tossing and turning in an attempt to find a comfortable position. If you must sleep on your stomach, use a very soft cushion or none at all to avoid an unnatural angle in your neck.
So, how do most people sleep, and what can we learn about them from this? The BSC reveals findings from a nationwide survey of sleeping positions in the video below.
Freefall Position: People who lie on their stomachs, with their heads turned to the side and their arms under or wrapped around a pillow, comprise 17% of the population studied. Despite being the second most popular sleeping position, about one-quarter (26%) of all Americans consider it the worst sleeping position. Introverts also report having the strongest aversion to this position, so try not to ask them too many questions about it!
Yearner position: Can’t find the right sleeping position for you? If you’re yearning for a good night’s sleep, look no further than the Yearner position (no pun intended.) A close third – with 13% of Americans sleeping this way – the position consists of lying on your side with both arms out in front of your body. If you’re interested in this position, try talking to a Baby Boomer, as they are more likely to sleep like this than Millennials and Gen Xers.
Starfish position: For all you sea lovers out there, you’re in luck. Sleepers who prefer to sleep like marine invertebrates account for 7% of the population studied. Like the Log and Soldier positions, these sleepers are more likely than those who sleep in the other positions to say they sleep that way because it has medical benefits. However, these sleepers, who lie on their backs with arms up near their heads or pillows, along with Log sleepers, are more likely to sleepwalk.
Log position: A log is more than a hunk of wood that you throw on a fire to keep you warm. It’s actually one of the six main sleeping positions, and 6% of the population sleeps this way. Despite being the least popular sleep position, those who sleep on their sides with both arms down consider themselves healthier than those who sleep in the other positions.