Sleep Position Pros and Cons

Pick your sleep position and find out the pros and cons!

Sleep on the back

Sleeping on your back leaves your head, neck, and spine in a neutral position. So you experience less pain on those areas compare to other positions. Since there is no pressure on your face, this position doesn't produce any wrinkle on your face. This position is also good for fighting off the stomach acid pain. But sleeping on the back puts pressure on the lower back and it can lead to fainting. When you sleep on your back, snoring and sleep apnea are more severe because the tongue collapses into the airway and blocks the breathing tube. It is not a recommended position for snorers and those who suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep on the Side

This position also helps reduce the back and neck pain but puts pressure on the stomach and lungs. When you sleep on your side, it keeps airways open so you are less likely to snore. Your shoulder has to support your body weight in this position, which constricts the muscles of the shoulder and neck and results in the dreaded squished-arm-numbness. Sleeping on the left improves circulation to the heart, and reduces heartburn and the stomach acid pain.

Sleep in the Fetal Position

The fetal position prevents your uterus from pressing against your liver and likely to minimize back and hip pain. But don't curl up too tightly since it can restrict breathing in your diaphragm.

Sleep on the Stomach

Stomach sleeping is known as the worst sleeping position. This position is bad for almost everything except it eases snoring and sleep apnea. It doesn't keep your spine in a neutral position so it leads to lower back and neck pain. This position also puts pressure on the muscles and joints, which can possibly lead to numbness, irritated nerves, and aches.