Each person has a different sleep position that works best for them. Listen to the signs your body may be giving you to tell you that you’re sleeping wrong. Are you achey in the morning? Waking your partner up from your snoring? These are signs that you have a sleep position that should be corrected.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back can sometimes exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms. Because you’re lying on your back, it’s possible for your tongue to move back and obstruct your throat, causing problems with airflow. Taking a home sleep test is a simple way to find out if you’re at risk for sleep apnea. However, this position may also do the most to protect your spine. Adding a pillow behind your knees while sleeping flat on your back can help support the natural curvature of your spine, making it an even better sleeping position.
Sleeping on Your Side
Unlike sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side usually reduces snoring and the effects of sleep apnea. However, it can also make your shoulders stiff or your jaw tight if you’re not using the right kind of pillow. Which side you choose can also impact how you sleep. If you’re concerned about experiencing heartburn, choose to sleep on your left side. Your right side may make symptoms worse.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
Sleeping on Your Stomach may also relieve sleep apnea side effects, but that’s about as much good as it will do. This position definitely places more strain on your neck and back, especially if you’re not using a thin (or no) pillow.
How you sleep can affect the quality of your sleep which affects your overall health. SleepMaster Solutions™ exists to help others identify poor sleep habits and correct them, leading to a healthier lifestyle. Taking a free online sleep screening is one step closer to feeling more well-rested.