Did you know that the position you sleep in can deeply impact both how you feel and the quality of sleep you receive? At Elements Massage Glendale, we are all about getting the proper rest to restore our busy minds and bodies. That’s why we focus on harnessing the relaxing and rejuvenating powers of massage. If you are struggling to feel rested after a night in bed, or are experiencing insomnia, visit our team and let us see what we can do for you.
As such a big part of our lives, sleep is an integral component to health. And the position that you sleep in might be interfering with the sleep you need. Here’s a bit more in-depth exploration regarding the most common positions and what they do (or don’t) do for you:
The fetal position is the most popular sleep position. It’s a great position for pregnant women or those with back pain as it can lessen the muscle pull on the back area. It’s also good for reducing snoring. In order to avoid stiffness from sleeping in a ball, make sure to extend your legs with a pillow placed between your knees to keep you loose yet comfortable.
Sleeping on your side, particularly the left side, can reduce snoring, reduce heartburn and avoid back pain. Be careful not to let your neck droop as this can lead to shoulder stiffness and jaw tightness. Just like the fetal position, we also recommend placing a pillow between your legs to keep your hips in good alignment.
Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for your health. It places unnecessary strain on your muscles and joints and can cause neck and back pain. If you must sleep this way, be sure to use an extra thin pillow, or better yet, no pillow at all to reduce the stress on your neck.
This position offers the most health benefits as it uses gravity to keep your body in alignment. If you struggle with sleep apnea or snoring, this position is going to be hard for you. To properly support your body, try placing a pillow behind your knees to reduce the pressure on your spine. If needed, add a pillow behind your head to prop you up at a slight angle to make breathing easier.