27 Mar Sleep Positions Matter– Are You a Back, Side or Stomach Sleeper?
By Laura G. Brown and William Corbett
The importance of getting a good night’s sleep has been supported by countless studies. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s inaugural Sleep Health Index, 45% of Americans suffer from a lack of sleep. Impaired sleep can aggravate medical problems and interfere with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Although there are many factors that facilitate restful sleep, including room environment, mattress and pillow, body position is often overlooked and is a key contributor to a good night’s sleep.
There are three main sleep positions – back, side, and stomach. Although back and side sleeping positions are recommended by most sleep experts, doctors also stress that sleep position should be an individual decision based on each person’s specific needs and comfort preferences. Here are the benefits and potential issues associated with each sleep position: