Sleeping positions for the best quality sleep

Sleeping positions for the best quality sleep

We’ve all heard that 8 hours of good quality sleep is the gold standard when it comes to health hacks. But did you know that the way we sleep can affect our sleep quality, and in turn, our long-term health and mood. Apparently our go-to sleeping position can even give us insights into our personalities.

From front sleepers to back sleepers, from starfish to soldiers—there are a huge array of different sleeping positions. Whether you’re someone who gravitates instinctively to one the moment you get in bed, or someone who needs to toss and turn each night to get comfortable, let’s take a look at some of the most common sleeping positions.

The Foetal Position

The foetal position is where you sleep on your side and curl your knees up to your chest, either hugging your knees or clutching your hands into your chest. It’s the most common sleeping position and is named after how a foetus is positioned as it grows in the womb. It can be a great position if you suffer with any lower back pain, or if you’re pregnant, and can also help reduce snoring and sleep apnea. All bark and no bite, people who favour the foetal are said to be tough on the outside but sensitive underneath.

The Log Position

The log is where you lie on one side, with your arms and legs extended, so you’re straight like a log. It may sound like a stiff position but it can actually be great for your back and neck, as sleeping on your side keeps your spine aligned. Sleeping on your side can also lower acid reflux and help with sleep apnea. People who sleep like logs are said to be easy-going, sociable and fun-loving.

The Soldier Position

One of the less common positions, the soldier is when you lie flat on your back with your arms straight down by your sides. Sleeping on your back is good for reducing wrinkles (who knew) and may help people who suffer with sensitive skin. Back sleeping however, is not good news if you’re a snorer, have allergies, asthma or any breathing difficulties. If that’s you, try propping yourself up with a higher pillow to keep your head elevated. Soldiers, like their real life counterparts, are said to be dedicated and due diligence.

The Starfish Position

Arms and legs spread out like a starfish, this one is another back sleeping position. Similar to the soldier, it’s good for skin but not good for snorers and can cause lower back pain in some people. You can try a small pillow underneath your knees to keep your spine aligned and take pressure off your lower back. Starfish are said to be supportive friends and great listeners.

The Yearner Position

Similar to the log, the yearner is a side sleeping position, but this time with your arms outstretched in front of you—like you’re reaching for something. While this position may alleviate acid reflux and snoring, it can lead to shoulder pain over time. Yearners are said to have an open-minded and welcoming nature.

The Freefall Position

The freefall is a front sleeping position, lying on your stomach with your arms wrapped around or tucked underneath your pillow. Although great for stopping snores, it can put pressure on the neck and spine due to the unnatural curvature of the neck. Apparently you’re also more likely to toss and turn as front sleeping isn’t as comfortable for your body. People who sleep like this are said to be outgoing and sociable but may be sensitive to criticism.

Switching it up

If you’ve been struggling with your sleep, try switching it up. Pick a position from our list and give it a go. Be patient with yourself and remember it can take over 60 days to form a new habit—especially if you’ve been used to sleeping in just one position for a long time.

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