Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position — 74% of all people do it. Professionals still argue about the best sleeping position as all of them have their benefits and downsides, and since we spend a third of our lives in bed, it’s really important to know how you can get the best rest without negatively affecting your life.
We’ve figured out all the pros and cons of side sleeping and have some advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep and your overall health. So whether you’re a side sleeper or not, make sure to read this article all the way to the end.
Benefits of sleeping on your side
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- It prevents neck and back pain as it keeps your body in its most natural position by maintaining the natural curve of the spine when lying in bed.
- It lessens snoring. Sleeping on your back makes your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of your throat, causing you to snore. Sleeping on your side may help prevent this.
- It improves blood circulation as your body is in perfect alignment.
Downsides of side sleeping
- It may cause shoulder and hip pain if you have a bad mattress or if you have any injuries in your muscles or joints.
- It worsens wrinkles and may give you a puffy face upon waking up. Pushing your face against the pillow makes fluid accumulate in this area causing swelling, and also creases your skin that leads to wrinkles.
- It worsens breast sagging as ligaments stretch without support over time when you sleep on one side.