Finding Your Best Sleeping Position

Posted On: 07-29-2016
Finding Your Best Sleeping Position
There are a handful of different sleeping positions, but which one is best for you and your overall health?


Sleeping on your side is not likely to result in back or neck pain, because your spine is elongated in this position. It also keeps your airways open, so you’re not likely to snore. This position can be a good choice for those with sleep apnea.

Fetal Position

The fetal position is considered to be the most popular. About 41 percent of adults sleep in this position, which is known for being good for circulation. Snorers can benefit from sleeping in the fetal position and so can pregnant women (especially on the left side). However, if you have arthritis in your back or joints, sleeping in this position can make you sore the next day.


Sleeping on your stomach can result in less snoring, but is typically not a good option otherwise. Stomach sleeping is more likely to cause back and neck pain because your spine is not in a neutral position. It also puts more pressure on your muscles and joints, and your airway is not wide open if you are lying on your stomach with your head turned to one side.


Only about 8 percent of adults sleep on their backs, but for many people, this is actually the best option. Your head, neck, and spine are in a neutral position and there is less likelihood of experiencing pain. However, it may not be a good choice if you are prone to snoring.


Keep in mind that there are other factors that you need to consider when choosing a sleeping position, such as the condition of your mattress and a good pillow that elevates your head.

Overall, you need to select the position that is most comfortable for you. It is likely that you switch positions throughout the night regardless, which just so happens to be good for your circulation.

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