There’s no feeling quite like taking a load off and climbing into bed after a long day on your feet. However, if your sleeping position of choice looks something like a twisted pretzel which requires an hour of painful readjusting each morning, then we think this latest study could do with your attention.
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The National Sleep Foundation has just revealed the best position to relieve pressure on the body, and ensure the neck and back are correctly aligned. And in what we predict might be an unpopular winner, sleeping on your back has been ranked at number one.
BUT, for the anti-back sleepers (us included), before you sacrifice your zzz’s in a desperate attempt to lighten the load on your spine, James Rowley, chief of pulmonary and critical care and sleep medicine explains to WhoWhatWear that “individuals should sleep in the position that is most comfortable for them and allows them the best night of sleep,” adding that, “for some that might be on their back, for others on their side”.
However, while back sleeping may serve health benefits to some, it can also worsen pre-existing conditions for others.
For those who suffer from sleep apnea or are working to keep their snoring to a minimum, positions other than the back are going to be the most beneficial in making improvements.
Before we over-complicate arguably the most important part of our routine, our best advice is to sleep in whatever position you can actually guarantee a good night’s rest in. Simple.
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What position do you sleep in? And how do you find it?