What Does the Way You Sleep Say About You?
How do you sleep? On your back? Side? Surrounded by pillows?
Some people are firm believers in their preferred sleep position and wouldn’t change it for the world, whereas others toss and turn all night and wake up in completely different positions than they started out in.
What’s more, your preferred sleeping position, not to mention how many hours you get a night, can directly affect your weight, heart health, mental health, and even snoring habits as well as wrinkles.
While the way you sleep can say a lot about your body, health, and even personality, scientists are now saying there’s one position that trumps all the rest in terms of health benefits.
They really meant it when they said you woke up on the wrong “side” of the bed…
Our body language is constantly studied, criticized, and catalogued, even when people aren’t aware of it.
When we’re awake, body language is one of the first tacit and tell-tale signs of our mood, comfort, and even health. Our brains make unconscious decisions about people and situations based on body language, which got researchers to thinking: what does your sleeping body position say about you?
Every position has its pros and cons, but here’s a general breakdown. Which of these is your favorite?
Back sleeping is great for your spine, and while it might not sound comfortable, getting rid of your pillow allows your neck to stay in a neutral position as well, thus allowing your entire spine to stretch out properly with support from your mattress. Sleeping on your back is also said to prevent face wrinkles, since you won’t be smushed up against the pillow or mattress all night. Unfortunately, back sleeping is highly correlated to snoring and sleep apnea.
Stomach sleeping helps reduce snoring, but otherwise this position isn’t highly recommended by professionals. Staying face-down all night puts strain on your back and also your neck, since your head is turned to the side for an extended period of time.