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We spend up to 1/3 of our lives sleeping. Other than providing rest for our bodies, scientists are still unsure why we need sleep. While it used to be thought that our brains also rest while sleeping, it has now been discovered that certain parts of the brain are more active during sleep. Whatever the reason, we need sleep, and to get to sleep we need to be in the best positions.

According to the best sleeping positions to be in are:

Back sleeping

While only 8% of adults sleep on their back, this is the best position to sleep in. This position allows for your head, neck, and spine to be in a neutral position, because of this you are less likely to wake up with pain. Try sleeping with a pillow under your knees to help support your lower back as well. This position is also best if you suffer from acid reflux, especially if your head and neck are raised slightly above your stomach.

Side sleeping

About 15% of adults sleep on their side. It is best to sleep with an elongated spine, rather than curled into a foetal position. Sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent puts your spine in a neutral position and avoids any unwanted tension in your muscles. Placing a pillow between your knees also helps to support your hips and prevent twisting forward. This position (especially lying on your left side) is good for promoting circulation when pregnant, and is a better position if you suffer from acid reflux.

Foetal position

While not the best position (although not the worst either), over 40% of adults sleep in this position. This position slightly varies from side lying, where your legs are bent and tucked up, and your body is more curved, with your chin tucked into your chest. This position, especially when lying on the left side, is okay to promote good circulation, however being too curled up can restrict diaphragm expansion and affect your breathing. This position can also put strain on your neck and shoulders and you are more likely to wake up with sore or tight muscles and joints.

Stomach Sleeping

Only 7% of adults sleep on their stomach. This is a good position if you are a snorer; however it is bad for most everything else. Lying on your stomach can restrict breathing, cause neck and back strain and even numbness or pins and needles in your arms and hands.


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