Which sleep position are you usually in? While it is important to get adequate amounts of sleep, do you realize that your sleep position can also affect your health?
Many consider the best position to be on your back with hands at your side, it’s good for the neck and spine when you’re not using too many pillows. However, when it comes to back sleepers snoring is reinforced and ‘sleep apnea’ is common with this position. Below are the more common sleep positions and how they impact the body.
Stretched on their side, with each arm under or on themselves:
It is common for those who use this sleep position to be social, happy-go lucky and have more trust. These are characteristics which could lead to more gullibility.
The position is considered to be healthy, but could reinforce skin aging with sagging breasts and wrinkles.
On side with arms stretched out front:
These sleepers are often open, but can be cynical and suspicious. Decisions are often slow, but after decisions are made they rarely change their mind. This position reduces neck and back pain, and may eliminate it.
Arm and shoulder pain can occur in this position.
Sleepers in fetal position are often described as being sensitive, but secret and robust. Although shy, they become relaxed after knowing someone. Over 40% of people use this position, unconsciously. Women are twice as likely to sleep in the fetal position and may use a pillow between their legs.
On back, with arms to side:
These sleepers are often restrained and calm, preferring to avoid riots. They tend to have higher standards. This position is considered the healthiest option for the neck, spine and head. Although, an increase risk of sleep apnea occurs as the tongue is more relaxed. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, or stroke.
Stretched on stomach, head turned, arms around head/neck:
This position is considered to aid in digestion. Those using this position tend to be stubborn and self-centered with the desire to control everything. While sensitive, they do not face criticism well. It can lead to neck pain caused by upper spine elevation.
On back, arms raised around head:
These sleepers tend to have characteristics that include being helpful and good at listening. They prefer to avoid being the focus of attention, but offer to listen to other people’s problems. 5% of people surveyed within the study stated they preferred this sleep position. This sleep position is considered healthy for the back. However, it can lead to increased snoring or sleep apnea.