Have you ever paid attention to the position you sleep in, and whether this might have an impact on your quality of sleep? In this article, Nectar Sleep reviews how our position, and what we do when we think we are sleeping, actually impacts our overall sleep quality. Hopefully, this information will help you sleep better at night as well.
Nectar Sleep Reviews the Impact of Sleep Position
A lot of people sleep bad because they experience aches and pains. Indeed, chronic pain is mentioned by around 15% of adults as a reason why they don’t sleep properly. This rises to 50% in the elderly. Studies have shown that back and neck pain are the most commonly mentioned and the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has named pain as one of the main causes of insomnia.
Interestingly, one of the easiest ways to decrease the problem of pain, is simply by changing position. When you are younger, you can fall asleep standing up. Most of us have photographs of ourselves or of our children asleep in the funniest positions. Adults can’t do this anymore, however. They have to find a position that supports their body. Those in the wrong position tend to toss and turn, meaning they don’t sleep well either.
It is common for certain positions to feel really uncomfortable and they should be avoided. But which ones those are varies. For instance, a lot of people feel that they are most comfortable sleeping on their side (generally a specific side). However, this is only true if the align their spine properly, which means they have a pillow in the right place. They should also support their hips, place a pillow between their knees, and make sure their arm doesn’t become trapped leading to pins and needles. Overall, it is therefore not a particularly comfortable position at all!
This is perhaps why so many people lie on their back instead. This is indeed the easiest position to be in when it comes to properly aligning the spine. However, it is all too easy for people to have too many or too few pillows, or to lift their shoulders instead of aligning their head. It is also incredibly important to have a properly supporting mattress when sleeping on your back.
Last but not least, some people sleep on their stomach. This is perhaps the worst position to be in of all. First of all, the lower back tends to arch down, which means unnecessary stress is placed on it. Meanwhile, the next has to be turned either left or right, because the face is in the way. This means the neck is turned all night long. Indeed, stomach sleepers are known to be the worst of all when it comes to tossing and turning.
Position is hugely important, but so is having a good mattress. It is simply impossible to leave the body comfortable in any position if the mattress doesn’t offer the proper support. This means it should be neither too hard nor too soft.