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Best sleeping position for rest

Did you realise that the position you sleep in has a major effect on the restfulness of your sleep? There’s no position that’s best for all of us because we naturally gravitate towards the position that allows us to breathe easily.

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Airways

The smaller the airway in your throat becomes at night, the more likely you are to sleep on your stomach. Sleeping on your back is a no-no for those of us who snore. Overall sleeping on our side is best as it’s the position that keeps the airways open wider than any other. Sleep experts add that sleeping on your side also reduces the symptoms of heartburn but only if you sleep on your left. If you sleep on your right side, it makes the symptoms worse. Sleeping on the left side of your body is best for pregnant ladies as it increases circulation to the heart, which is great for mum and baby.

Experiment

Don’t take our word for it, experiment. Having said that, you should always gravitate towards what’s most natural for you, unless you have health conditions like those we’ve already touched on. Most people sleep on their sides, with a small percentage favouring their backs and a smaller amount of people still lying on their stomachs when they dose off.

Go with the flow

Does lying on your back prevent facial wrinkles as some claim? If that’s important to you, perhaps you should try that but we really recommend that you do what feels natural to you. Artificially changing your sleeping position is harmful to you as it will affect your quality of sleep. You mattress is the other thing you should consider. If it’s broken in certain areas, you might be naturally inclined to sleep in a certain position. Perhaps a change of mattress will help you get a more rested sleep.

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