Is your sleeping position affecting your sleep?
Saturday, 6 June · 2 min read

If you’ve never given much thought to the position you sleep in, it may be time to.

How you lie at night can cause a range of issues, like back and neck pain, tiredness, sleep apnoea, muscle cramps, headaches and heartburn.

So which position do you sleep in?

  • sleeping on your back -- just 8% of people sleep this way, but it helps to prevent neck or back pain as it keeps your spine in a neutral position. However, it can increase your risk of snoring and/or sleep apnoea
  • sleeping on your side (keeping back and legs straight) -- this position reduces the risk of neck and back pain, sleep apnoea and snoring, but it can put pressure on the hip you lie on. Ease any hip pain by placing a pillow between your knees
  • sleeping on your tummy -- this poses several risks, including neck and back pain. The pressure on your joints and muscles can also lead to aches, numbness and tingling
  • foetal position -- this is the most common position. It keeps the spine neutral, helping to prevent back pain. However, curling up too tightly at night can restrict breathing

As everybody is different, it’s hard to say which position is the best. But if you have, or think you have, a health condition that could be affected by your sleeping position, speak with a doctor.

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