We all know that a good night's sleep can make a world of difference to how we experience the day ahead.
Waking up refreshed means more energy and more positivity, while a sleepless night can cause low energy and a more negative mindset.
The positions we sleep in can play a big role in the quality of our “shut eye”, affecting both our health and our mood in the morning.
In this blog, we'll be explaining more about the health impact of the most common sleeping positions, helping you to find a posture which makes a positive difference to your sleep and your mood.
This is the most common sleeping position. It's estimated that around 40% of the population adopt this curled up, side-sleeping style at bedtime. Unfortunately, it's also one of the worst positions for the health of your back and neck, which are left unsupported in an exaggerated, curled position, causing a lot of strain as you sleep.
The “curled over” aspect of this position is also bad for the deep breathing that forms a crucial part of dozing off. Hunching over can restrict your lung capacity which may have an effect on the quality of your sleep, leading to fatigue and a low mood during the day.
If you're among the 15% of people who sleep on one side, with their neck and back straight and arms by their sides, you're more likely to be in good shape health-wise. This position supports the spine's natural curve and also reduces the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnoea, boosting the quality of your sleep for a positive, energised outlook in the morning.
8% of the population are believed to favour a face-up sleeping position, with their arms by their sides. This position is believed to be the best for minimising the risk of neck and back pain, as long as only a couple of pillows are used. Too many pillows can result in unnatural positioning of the neck. Unfortunately, it's also the worst position for sleep apnoea and snoring.
Sleeping on your back with your arms stretched out and up is the position favoured by an estimated 5% of sleepers. While sleeping on your back is good for your spine, the upwards positioning of the arms can place undue strain on your shoulders and neck, while sleep apnoea and snoring remain problematic for some.
7% of us are thought to sleep face down with our arms up. This position is believed to be beneficial for digestion, but not especially good for the health of your spine, which receives very little of the support it needs. Because “skydiver” sleepers also need to turn their head to allow easy breathing, neck problems can be caused by the extended twisted position.
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