Common Sleeping Positions

by Jason Rickard

To get the best out of your daily rest, you should have proper blood circulation during your sleep. There are a number of sleeping positions that you might find comfortable and at the same time promotes proper blood flow. Having a correct sleeping position would prevent that stiffness and soreness you might experience during mornings.

A proper sleeping position can effectively relieve you of any strains from your back. If you are frequently experiencing headaches when you wake up, changing your sleeping position might just do the trick.

Sleeping on ones side is one of the most common sleeping positions. This is done with the legs slightly drawn near the chest area. Make sure that your neck and spine are properly aligned. Always sleep on your right side, otherwise sleeping on your left side would cause stress on your vital organs (liver, stomach, lungs). Most people stuff in a pillow between their legs while in this position. The pillow would support your knees and take off any pressure on your lower back. Sleeping on ones side can help people with osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or those who suffer from spinal and hip problems.

Sleeping on your back is also another position you can try. This is done with a pillow placed beneath your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your lower back. The pillow should not be too high and should have just the right thickness to fit the space between the surface of your bed and your limbs. This position is best for people with low back pains. It also allows internal organs to rest well.

You can also sleep on your abdomen. Although some health experts attest that this sleeping position would strain your neck, head and lower back, it is advisable for people who suffer from degenerative disc disease. You can minimize the strain by tucking a pillow underneath your lower abdomen and/ or pelvis. You can either use a pillow under your head or do without one.

Mattresses, pillows and recliners also play a big role in promoting a good sleep. If changing your sleeping positions did not improve your backache and muscle pains, then try to invest on quality sleeping supplies and monitor any improvement.