Sometimes, we cannot control the way that we fall asleep. Most people have their own position that they fall asleep in and they will stay like that until they wake up. Whether it is the most comfortable position or not, there is a habit that most people form where they sleep in a certain position every night.
If you are a side sleeper, then you are part of the majority. 63% of Americans are also side sleepers. Is this the best sleeping position? There really is “best” position, universally. The best sleeping position is the one that gets you, personally, to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Side Sleepers Pros and Cons
There are actually certain benefits and downfalls of each sleeping position. Some people will sleep on their backs, some on their stomachs and then you have the side sleepers.
Benefits of Sleeping on your Side
Sleeping on your side, in the fetal position with a pillow between your legs is said to help take some stress off of your back. There is also a lower percentage of people with sleep apnea who are side sleepers since your airway is more open when you sleep in this position.
Side sleeping is also known to prevent heartburn and is even the recommended sleeping position for pregnant women.
Cons of Side Sleeping
There really are no cons. So long as you keep your head raised in such a way that your neck and spine are in alignment, you have nothing to worry about as a side sleeper.
If you are a side sleeper, you should definitely replace your old bed if it is sagging in the middle. Beds with sagging centers or curves down them make it more difficult for side sleepers to get to sleep and stay out all night. This is because it messes with the curvature of your spine which is both uncomfortable and unhealthy.
Latex foam mattresses and memory foam mattresses are usually the best mattresses for side sleepers. Coil mattresses don’t allow your body to straighten out in your sleep, which can leave your spine out of alignment. Memory foam and latex mattresses naturally cradle your body and pressure points to keep your spine straight and aligned while you slumber.