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What your sleep position says about your quality of rest

July 21, 2017 at midnight

Sleep—whether you're getting enough, too much, or nowhere near as much as you should—plays a significant role in your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Just as the number of hours you spend horizontal can impact this, the position you choose to be in while sleeping affects your quality of sleep. From headaches and heartburn to sleep apnea and snoring, sleep posture can wreak havoc on your health. Here's an overview of the most common sleep positions and how they will affect you.

Back sleeping

A mere 13 percent of people prefer sleeping on their back -- and this is good news. After all, this position increases snoring and episodes of sleep apnea. It also has a tendency to induce lower back pain. Combined, these health concerns can interfere with both sleep and rest. Try using a pillow that provides generous support that won't bottom out. If back sleeping is your preferred posture, try using an adjustable base. An adjustable bed will allow you adjust the sleep surface to the angles that reduce strain on the heart and promote proper circulation. As an individual, you have specific needs that can only be met with a custom, adjustable sleep system.

Side sleeping

Sleeping on your side is the optimum choice for most people and in fact, 63 percent of people call this their go-to position. Doing so can help eradicate chronic sleep deprivation and insomnia. It is the recommended position for anyone with hip or back pain, as well as pregnant women since it doesn't aggravate those conditions. For more comfort, use a pillow with a dense side, supportive crown layer on the other that contours your head, neck and shoulders. This is well-suited to individuals who sleep with their arm beneath the pillow. This reduces pressure on your joints and bones and makes for a more restful night. If you struggle with heartburn, consider sleeping on your left side to reduce symptoms.

Stomach sleeping

Just like sleeping on your back, sleeping on your stomach is considered a no-no according to sleep experts and medical professionals. It increases the likelihood of neck pain and also places undue pressure on your back. In an attempt to be more comfortable, people who prefer sleeping face-down often toss and turn throughout the night. If this best describes you, consider sleeping with a lower profile pillow while providing adequate support of your head and shoulders. This will reduce the likelihood of neck discomfort.

The Secret Ingredient to a Good Night's Sleep

Even more than position, the quality of a person's sleep rests predominantly on their choice of pillow. Having the appropriate pillow supports the vital structures of the neck, back, spine, and head. They maintain the upper body's alignment during sleep by counterbalancing the points in a person's body. For anyone who suffers from spinal or back pain, having the right pillow is especially important. After all, buying a $4000 mattress only to put a $5 pillow on it gives you a $5 sleep. Consider this: 30 percent of your sleep surface is comprised of a pillow, so choosing the right one is imperative. After that, concentrate on finding the best mattress for your particular nocturnal needs.

The sleep experts at Ashley Homestore are certified and have special training to help you find the mattress, pillow and complete sleep system best suited for your needs. Whether you have a medical condition that impacts your sleep or want to find something that accommodates your various sleep positions, they can pair you with the right sleep system at Ashley Homestore so you can have a better quality of life.


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