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, it’s best to either sleep on your left side or propped up on your back to help decrease symptoms of heartburn.
There is no perfect way to sleep. Some of the downsides of sleeping on your back are that it can worsen snoring and sleep apnea. Overall though, back and side sleeping are traditionally seen as much healthier sleeping positions than sleeping on your stomach (sorry, stomach sleepers).
Pillow Needs for Back Sleepers
You want a pillow that will adequately support the neck. Typically, an overall medium-firm feel works best for back sleepers. A pillow that is too soft can negatively impact spinal alignment.