How Sleeping Positions May Affect Your Health

Your nightly sleeping position may be taking a toll on your body. How often do you wake up and still feel tired? There may even be times when you wake up and it simply hurts to get up. The truth is, this may all be related to your sleep position.

Discover how these POPULAR sleeping positions may affect your health. As well as how they may be the cause behind those achy bones when you wake up.

1. Sleeping on your side

side sleeping

Sleeping on your side is probably one of the most common sleeping positions. In fact, most of you reading this may be a “side sleeper”. This sleeping position does have some pros to it. Studies have shown that sleeping on your side may even lower the chance of possibly developing Alzheimer's down the road!

As with most sleeping positions, there are some cons to sleeping this way. One of those downsides is suffering from what we know as our arms going to sleep. This is, of course, when your arm goes numb. Not only can your arm go numb from this position. You may also experience numbness in your fingers.

Another con associated with this position is neck pain. Just imagine, your head is turn in a certain position for hours upon hours. So, are you a side sleeper who wakes up with neck pain? Well, now you know why.

2. The back sleeping position

back sleeping position

Sleeping on your back isn’t as popular as the sleeping on your side position. But, this sleeping position is still quite common. In fact, studies prove that this is actually the BEST position for you to sleep in.

When you sleep on your back, scientist say that it your spine is in the best position. It also helps with digestive discomforts such as acid reflux.

It’s also been proven that this sleeping position may even help reduce wrinkles in the long run! That’s because this position allows your face to breathe.

The stomach sleeping position can result in some pain. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you may experience some neck pain. It’s much like the concept with sleeping on your side. During the hours you sleep, your neck is in the same position for many hours. Which may explain why, if you’re a stomach sleeper, why you wake up with an achy neck.

3. Sleeping on your stomach

Before it was phased out, babies sleeping on their stomach was popular among sleeping positions for infants. Now it isn’t quite recommended. Doctors now recommend placing infants on their back to sleep.

As we go into adulthood, many adults find comfort in sleeping in their stomach. But, there are some cons to this position. Especially if you decide to sleep face down.

Sleeping on your stomach

This position can actually take a toll on your back. Sleeping on your stomach can cause the natural curve of your spine to become interrupted. Are you a stomach sleeper? If so, you may notice you wake up with an achy back.

On the bright side, it has been proven that stomach sleeping may help reduce snoring.

Other health issues have also been associated with the way you sleep. In fact, nightmares are more common for people who sleep on their left side. So, what about the right side sleepers? Well, overall, it seems as if they sleep much better.

As you read above, Alzheimer’s seem to be less frequent in people who sleep on their sides. The same goes for Parkinson's disease. Scientist have completed many studies in regards to sleeping positions and different diseases. Studies also showed that slide sleeping helped reduce the possibility of Parkinson’s disease.

It seems as if striving to become someone who sleeps on their right side seems ideal. So, what sleeping position do you chose when you hit the hay? After reading above, maybe now you’ll have a little bit of an idea behind your aches and pains in the morning.

Sometimes changing up your sleeping position can be hard. Especially if you do it subconsciously while you are asleep. Thankfully there are options to help you get a better night’s rest. There are certain pillows to help correct the problem, especially pillows for neck pain. Then, of course, there are great options to help decrease the discomfort. Heating pads are great to help with discomfort due to sleeping positions.


Madison Brown received her graduate degree from the University of Iowa from the physical therapy program. As a therapist for over five years, she has treated many patients with pain or with many physical problems. Through her experience she has learned more along the way how to best serve her patients. Her patients come into her office with all sorts of pain from head to toe. She has always made it her goal to know all the latest techniques and devices to best treat the patient in front of her. She cares about people and works for the best for her patients.

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