How you sleep says a lot about you

Which Sleeping Position is the Best for You?

You spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping- are you sleeping the right way that facilitates the best sleep possible? Are you waking up stiff with neck and shoulder pain every morning? What is the best position for sleep that will place the least stress on your neck and lower back area? Well a lot has to do with the position that you sleep in. Studies have been done that show that your sleeping position says a lot about your personality. You can sleep on your back, on your side or on your stomach. What is the best and what is the worst sleeping position? Well let’s discuss the 3 sleeping positions and how each affects you:

  • Sleeping on Your Side
    This is a popular position for sleeping for many people. There is a natural tendency to sleep on ones side after starting out on your back. When sleeping on your side make sure your pillow has enough support in it to keep your shoulders relaxed at. If your pillow is too low, your head will be tilting down, and if it is too high your head will be stretched uncomfortably –both of which can be very uncomfortable. That is why having a cervical support pillow that is properly sized is a good idea. The Linear Gravity Neck Pillow comes in 3 sizes- small, med and large to accomodate different sizes and frams. To make this side sleeping position even more comfortable and least stress on your body, place a pillow in between the knees that keeps your legs hip width apart. This will properly support your lower back area.
  • Sleeping on Your Stomach
    By far, the worst sleeping position is on your stomach. Not only does it place extra stress on your cervical spine and upper back area, but it also places stress on your stomach muscles. Sleeping on stomach means your head and neck are going to be turned to one side (so that you can breathe) for a prolonged period of time, which can create stiffness by the morning. It puts strain on the cervical paraspinals and levator scapulae muscles.
  • Sleeping on Your Back
    Sleeping on your back is great position for sleeping because you can sleep in a position that support your head and neck and lower back area. To combat any type of lower back stiffness or discomfort, sleep with a few pillows or a wedge, such as a knee elevator, under your knees for optimal comfort. If you use a cervical support neck pillow, such as the cervical traction neck pillow, you can allow your head and neck to be in the correct position where there is least stress placed on your cervical spine. This position of sleeping on your back with a cervical support pillow for the neck and positioning wedge for your lower back is the least stressful for your body. Keep in mind that you may start in this position, but for most people they move around during the night time.

Most people start sleeping in one way at the beginning of the night and shift to another position in the middle of the night. The best position for sleeping is the position that you are most comfortable in. So if you are one that snores and sleeping on your back increases that, your significant other will most likely suggest that you sleep on your side. Also, if you do sleep on your stomach and are trying to prevent that, sleep with a pillow to your side that will stop you from rolling onto your stomach. Remember, sleep is when your body heals and regenerates- find a position that is most comfortable for you to get the best sleep possible at night.

What your Sleeping Position Reveals about your Personality and Health

Scientists believe the position a person sleeps in reveals something about their personality. Prof Chris Idzikowski, director of the United Kingdom Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service researched and analysed 6 common sleeping positions – and found that each is linked to a particular personality type and that some positions are better for health than others.Different Sleeping Positions 

  • Foetus PositionThose who curl up in the foetus position
    These people are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This Fetal position of sleeping is adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey, and is the most common. It is also common in twice as many women than men.
  • Log PositionLying on your side with both arms down by your side
    These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. These log sleeping people may be gullible as well.
  • Yearner PositionPeople who sleep on their side with both arms out in front
    These people are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious and cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.
  • Soldier PositionLying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides.
    People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t like a fuss and they have high standards for themselves. The study showed that this positions is likely to lead to snoring while you sleep and caused a bad night of sleep.
  • Freefall PositionLying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side.
    These people have a personality towards being gregarious and brash, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath. They dislike criticism, or extreme situations. Professor Idzikowski concluded that the freefall position was good for digestion.
  • Starfish PositionLying on your back with both arms up around the pillow.
    These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don’t like to be the centre of attention. The study also showed that the starfish positions can make you snore more and therefore lead to bad night of sleep.

Professor Idzikowski said “Lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth, while those who lie on their back may end up snoring and breathing less well during the night. “Both these postures may not necessarily awaken the sleeper but could cause a less refreshing night’s sleep.”

Finally, The research showed that most people are unlikely to change their sleeping position. Just 5% said they sleep in a different position every night.

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