It’s a question you may have looked to answer before ‘which sleeping position is the best?’ and whilst looking for results, you might have found a wide variety of different answers.
The truth is, which sleeping positions are good for you depend on you, your body shape, pains or injuries you may have, whether you suffer from sleep apnea or not, and various other reasons.
In this article, we are going to try and explain two of the best sleeping positions that science suggests can protect your spine, alignment, and protect from strains.
On your back, with a knee support
The reason we advise against sleeping on your front is that it flattens the natural curve of your spine and can lead to serious problems later in life. Sleeping on your back allows you to keep the natural curve, whilst also evenly distributing your weight and keeping everything aligned. The one extra thing that we suggest you do is to put a small pillow under the knees, as this will help to encourage the natural curve of the spine further.
Remember to use a thin pillow.
On your side, with a pillow between your legs
Sleeping on your side may feel like the most comfortable position for most sleepers, but it’s actually pretty damaging as it can pull all sorts of body parts out of alignment. To avoid creating strains in your own body you can make one small adjustment in the form of a firm pillow that goes between your legs. While you’re already laying on your side, slip the pillow between your thighs. This will raise the upper leg and realign your hips, pelvis, and spine.
Hugging a pillow at the same time can also help align the back.
Our overall advice
If you sleep on your front, you should try and train yourself to sleep on your back or side. If you sleep on your back but you suffer from sleep apnea, you might want to try learning to sleep on your side as well. A lot of the issues and pains people experience as a result of their sleep are from using the wrong pillows. It may seem comfortable to have big and fluffy pillows, but they’re not good for your neck and back.