Let’s be honest: pretty much everyone sleeps like a total weirdo.
We’d all probably be a little embarrassed if we saw ourselves sleeping.
We spend a third of our lives sleeping so our bodies can relax and reboot. One important aspect to getting the most out time spent sleeping is having a comfortable mattress, high-quality pillows,and making the bedroom a sleeping haven, free from the endless distractions of the outside world.
What you may not know is that when it comes to catching those premium hours of rest, the position that you sleep in may be the reason for your recent lack of sleep. Whether you are on your side, on your back, or somewhere in between, sleeping positions vary as much as the sleeper. Find out what your sleeping position says about your personality.
Up and at ‘em, sargent! A person that sleeps in the sleepy soldier sleep position sleeps on their back, with their arms straight down at their side — like they are standing at attention. Sleepy Soldiers live up to their name. They are strong, silent, and focused people who don’t like a big fuss. They love structure and take themselves very seriously. This also means that they can have high expectations for themselves and others around them.
This is also a sleep position that can lead to snoring.
The sleepy soldier position (sleeping on your back) is one helps a good mattress do its job. It is one of the best positions out there because it allows your back and neck to be in their proper alignment, especially if you aren’t using many pillows. An added bonus for this position is that it can help with symptoms of acid reflux.
Snoring is more common the older you get, affecting more than half of all adults and there is a chance that sleeping on your back will increase snoring. This happens because our good pal, gravity, forces your tongue to the back of your throat when you are laying down on your back. This restricts your air ways, and may also be a poor sleeping position for those suffering from sleep apnea.
Log sleep position, in which the sleeper rests on their side, legs extended straight and arms in place, is the second most popular position for any sleeper. Though the sleep position looks stiff, a sleeper with style like this is anything but rigid and cold.
Log sleepers are typically social and easygoing people. They converse with all kinds of people, but can prefer running with an A-list crowd. They are also very trusting, which can sometimes make them seem a little more gullible to outsiders. The log roller is when you are on your side with your arms at your sides as well. This position keeps your neck and back in alignment, making it one of the best positions for back pain and neck pain. You can also add a pillow or blanket between your knees in this position to help ease any discomfort.
A skydiver sleeps on their stomachs, head to one side, with their arms wrapped around behind a pillow. As the name suggests, skydiver sleepers have open, playful, and downright fun personalities. They are usually to-the-point with what they want, but sometimes this comes off as brash. They may seem free spirited, but skydiver sleepers can be secretly anxious and crave control of a situation. They tend to be risk takers.
This sleep position takes up space and will benefit from at least a Queen or King size mattress. The skydiver position (sleeping on your stomach) may sound like an adventure, but it is actually one of the worst ways your can spend your slumber. This position greatly increases your risk of neck and back pain because it crunches the sensitive muscles that protect that area, while flattening the natural curve of your spine causing strain that may lead to back pain and airway blockage.
On the plus side, this sleep position often corresponds with having an adventurous spirit and is aligned with someone who is a risk-taker and likes to have fun. And, it has the potential to ease snoring and sleep apnea, so it’s not a total bust. If this position is the most comfortable to you and you must sleep in this position, sleep with your forehead on the edge of a soft pillow facing your mattress instead of turning your head to the side. This will ensure that your airway is open and will help to ease stress on your neck while easing potential upper back pain.
When it comes to sleep positions, the one you tend to favor at night says a lot more about you than you may realize. The way we choose to sleep at night is an intimate question of what we find comfortable and what is comforting to us. The way in which we snooze is something that we do while we are unconscious, making it an honest expression of our innermost selves.
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While each sleeping position has its obvious upsides and downsides, ultimately the best sleeping position for you is the one that gives you the best night’s sleep. Plus, it’s always possible to find a mattress that works well with any sleeping position.
That being said, try experimenting with your sleeping positions every once in a while — you never know what might help you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!