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Best Position for Sleep

You probably have a favourite position in which to sleep, but do you know which is the best position for you? Here are some pros and cons of different sleep positions.

  • Fetal – loosely curled on your side
    allows your spine to rest in a natural position and may help your brain clean waste better than other positions, recommended for pregnancy, when you should lie on your left side
  • Log – on your side with both arms down by your sides
    can help reduce sleep apnea, neck and back pain
  • Freefall – on your front with arms either side of your head
    can lead to neck and back pain, you’re more likely to toss and turn in this position
  • Soldier – flat on your back with arms by your side
    can cause snoring and sleep apnea, although may relieve acid reflux
  • Starfish – on your back, legs spread and arms bent up by your head
    can cause snoring and sleep apnea, although may relieve acid reflux

If you haven’t been sleeping well, you may wish to try another position. Be patient, because it can take a while to develop a new sleeping habit.

Alternatively, you could try putting a cushion between your knees (if you sleep on your side) or under your knees (if you sleep on your back). A new mattress or pillow(s) may help.

For more information, see this webmd article.