If you’ve been paying attention to all of the news about the importance of getting enough sleep, or the negative impacts of sleep deprivation, and you’re focusing on all of the things that the articles say that you need to do, then you’ve probably established a set bedtime, started exercising during the day, cut out late caffeine and alcohol and even adjusted your room for light and sound. Good for you! Now all you have to do is throw yourself into your bed and you should be good to go, right? Unfortunately, wrong. It turns out that even the way that we sleep once we’ve gotten ourselves in bed is important to not only our sleep quality but our overall health. Take a look at the list below and see whether you recognize yourself. If so, and if your sleep position isn’t one of the ones that experts say is optimal, you may want to take some time to train yourself to sleep in a healthier way.
- On your side with your arms at your side
- In any position with a pillow for support
- On your right side? Your left side?
- On your side with arms out
- On your back, arms at your side
- Fetal position
- Face down on your belly
- On your back, arms up