The secret to a great night's sleep

A good night's sleeping position

There's nothing better than a big snooze after a long day. But your sleeping position might be preventing you from having the rest that you deserve and may even impact your overall health. Give this a read and see which sleeping position is the best for you… you'll thank us later!

Sleeping on your back

This position is best if you want to prevent back and neck pain, acid reflux and want to keep those pesky wrinkles at bay. When sleeping on your back your head, neck and spine are in a neutral position, which means that you aren't putting extra pressure on those areas. This position is also great for people who battle acid reflux as it helps to sleep with your head elevated over your stomach. In terms of wrinkles, this is supposedly the best way to maintain youthful wrinkle-free skin (fingers crossed). Overall, sleeping on your back is considered the best sleeping position by experts.  However, if you're a snorer, you should give this a miss…

On your side

Sleeping on your side, with your legs and torso relatively straight, is the next best position for you apparently. As with sleeping on your back, this position is good to prevent back and neck pain and also reduces acid reflux. This position is also perfect for snorers, as your airways are more open than when you're on your back. If you're pregnant, this position is ideal for you and your baby. Studies show that sleeping on your left side helps to improve circulation in your body and in the growing baby. Sleeping on your left side also prevents your uterus from pressing against your liver which is always a plus!

Foetal position

This is the most popular sleep position with 41% of adults saying that this is their preferred way to snooze, according to a recent survey. However, this is one of the worst positions to sleep in as sleeping with your knees tucked up to your chest can cause a strain on your back and joints. If you can stretch your legs out instead of being completely hunched together, it might help on your breathing while sleeping.  

On your front

Sleeping on your front is, unfortunately, the worst position for your body. This is because it does not support the natural curve of your spine the way sleeping on your back does. Therefore, this position is not advised to those who suffer from back and neck pain, because this position can make it worse. Additionally, it can lead to more wrinkles as your face is pressed into the pillow, and if you're pregnant you should try to avoid sleeping on your stomach if possible.

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