THE BEST POSITIONS FOR SLEEPING
We all toss and turn at night at some point — it’s just the body getting comfortable — but one thing we get to choose is the position we fall asleep in. For several people, from snorers to back ache sufferers, the way we fall asleep can have a positive impact on the quality of our rest.
This is what the experts say about the best sleeping positions for all types of people and pets. Because at GetRest , we’re all about sleeping more (and better).
FOR PEOPLE WHO SNORE
BEST POSITION: ON EITHER SIDE
Snoring is nothing to be ashamed of, but that doesn’t mean you’ll put your partner through it.
The major cause of snoring, according to experts, is any airway obstruction. Sleeping on the back makes it simpler for the tongue to relax backwards and block the airway, which can lead to supersonic snores, and stomach sleeping puts the neck in a twisty shape, which is not good at all. It’s why experts recommend side sleeping as the best position for nighttime rumblers.
PEOPLE WITH BACK PAIN OR NECK ACHES
BEST POSITION: FLAT ON THE BACK OR ON EITHER SIDE
The best sleeping positions for back pain sufferers are the ones that avoid any twists in the spine. Flat on the back or balanced on one side are both good for keeping your spine aligned. For achy spines, doctors also recommend taking weight off your back while you snooze. Placing a soft pillow under or between the knees should do the trick. And if you’ve got a smushy old mattress, consider upgrading your ergonomics with a firm(er) mattress to get that body rest.
BEST POSITION: ON THE LEFT SIDE
Sleeping should be easy, yes? But most parts of pregnancy are hard work, and soon-to-be moms have the need and right to GetRest.
Doctors say that the best sleeping position during pregnancy is on the left side with knees bent. In this position, blood circulates easily between key organs like the heart, kidneys, and uterus. Side sleeping also keeps the growing baby from adding pressure on some big, important veins. Also, pillows help! One between the knees and one under the lower back keep the mom and baby balanced and comfortable.
BEST POSITION: THE BRACKET
Many people with pets have probably wondered, why is my dog sleeping all weird-like? We call this position “The Bracket.”
It’s harder for our fur-covered members to cool off than it is for less hairy, two-legged people. This position, with all four limbs outstretched, lets a dog air out their core and bring down their body temperature. Did you know? A cooler body makes snoozing a breezy experience for humans, too.
BEST POSITION: ON THE BACK
New born babies have a lot to learn, along with good breathing habits; it’s not all eat-sleep-poop . For this reason, pediatricians are stern in saying that the best sleeping position for babies is on their backs, which gives them plenty of access to air and avoids any mouth-mattress contact.
Doctors also recommend a firm crib mattress with a well tucked sheet— and advise giving babies some space! Keeping toys away from the baby’s sleeping area might seem difficult, but it keeps them breathing easy (at least, until they get hungry!).
BEST POSITION: BAGEL
We’ve named this position “The Bagel,” and it is a perfect example of animal instincts.
Both wild and domestic dogs curl up to preserve heat (and protect themselves from any threats—rawr). That’s why your pooch may end up in a cute ball like shape on a chilly night. We recommend tip-toeing around a Bagel’d dog, because you might startle them!
PEOPLE WITH BELLY ACHES
BEST POSITION: UPPER BODY ELEVATED
Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach… Insomnia!
Finding calm when your insides are churning is a pain. Doctors recognize heartburn and conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as a cause of insomnia—but there is a sleep solution worth trying. The best sleeping position for indigestion, heartburn, and GERD is to elevate the upper body, so that acid stays low in the belly. Medical experts recommend actually elevating the top of the bed frame. This is because propping oneself up with pillows instead bends the body and can put the pressure back on the belly.
PEOPLE WHO ARE SUNBURNED
BEST POSITION: IN THE BUFF
Deep sleep can be elusive for a body that’s stinging all over. To avoid painful friction against burned parts, the best sleeping “position” with a sunburn is often in the buff. Getting nude-y with it cant not only help reduce friction, it can also help skin breathe and lower body temperature.
Other tips for sleeping while sunburned: use your softest sheets and stay moisturized.