We all know that getting a good night's sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. But did you know that the position you sleep in can also have an impact on your health? While some people prefer to sleep on their back, research suggests that sleeping on your side is the best position for your overall health. Sleeping on your side offers a number of health benefits, such as reducing pressure on your heart and reducing snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and acid reflux symptoms. This is because when you sleep on your back, gravity can cause these conditions to worsen.
In addition, sleeping on your side can help to reduce shoulder pain and improve the quality of your sleep. The left side is often the preferred side for sleeping, especially for pregnant women or those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, people with heart failure may find it more comfortable to sleep on their right side. It's important to note that age, weight, environment, activities and pregnancy can all affect which sleeping position is best for you.
Another factor to consider when it comes to getting a good night's sleep is the temperature of your bedroom. Virend Somers, cardiologist and director of the sleep center at the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences recommends keeping your bedroom temperature between 15 and 19 °C (18.3 °C is ideal). Finally, researchers have found that people who respond to text messages or other alerts after going to bed at night tend to sleep worse and experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. This highlights the importance of avoiding screens before bedtime in order to get a good night's rest. Overall, sleeping on your side is considered one of the healthiest sleeping positions.
Not only do 60% of adults prefer to sleep on their side, but it also offers a number of health benefits. So if you're looking for a healthier way to get a good night's rest, try switching up your sleeping position.