Do you currently sleep on your stomach and want to switch to your back?
Back and side sleeping are much healthier sleep positions for several reasons.
This blog post focuses on the benefits of back sleeping, but also touches upon any potential downsides that you should be aware of when deciding what is best for your body.
Keeps Neck & Spine Aligned
One of the greatest benefits of sleeping on your back is that it promotes proper neck and spinal alignment. As you sleep, you’re keeping your back straight whereas stomach sleepers have a greater chance of bending the back and suffering from lower back pain. Side sleepers may end up twisting and leaning forward too much (though a body pillow can solve this problem).
When you sleep on your side or stomach, your face is coming into direct contact with your pillow, pressing down on your delicate skin. This can cause wrinkles and temporary inflammation. Sleeping on your back eliminates this problem.
If you prefer sleeping on your side, make sure you wash your pillowcases regularly to avoid bacterial build-up, which can cause acne breakouts.
Decreases Acid Reflux Symptoms
If you suffer from acid reflux, heartburn, or other issues related to digestion, it’s best to either sleep on your left side or propped up on your back.