How Sleep Position Impacts Sleep Quality

May 14th, 2016

Everyone knows that a great night of sleep is imperative to live a healthy life, while a night of tossing and turning may result in a miserable day. Naturally, most people tend to overlook many factors of why they are tired throughout the day, or have aches and pains; all caused by their sleep position causing poor quality sleep.

According to a recent article on, side sleeping is the most popular position for Americans. On another note, a person’s sleep position has been linked to a variety of health issues including snoring, lower back pain, and acid reflux.

While it may be unreasonable to record your sleep position every night, we can pay attention to our position as we are falling asleep. This can help us to greatly increase our sleep quality. Here are some of the most popular sleep positions:

Side Sleeping:

Side sleepers allow their spine to curve naturally, which can help to reduce neck and back pain. It is also known to alleviate sleep apnea, which was suggested in an article published by Medical Daily titled “Breakdown of Healthy Sleep Positions.”

One of the downfalls of sleeping on your side is that it can restrict blood flow, which puts pressure on your nerves, in result causing shoulder and arm pain. Another downfall is that sleeping on your right side may increase your chance of heartburn, and sleeping on your left side can strain your lungs, liver, stomach, and other internal organs.

Back Sleeping:

Many resources indicated that sleeping on your back allows your head, neck and spine to re-align into its natural position. Other resources state that sleeping on your back will help to reduce acne, and face wrinkles.

One of the major downfalls of sleeping on your back is that it increases your chance of snoring, which may not be appreciated by another person that may be sleeping in your bed.

Fetal Position Sleepers:

Sleeping in the fetal position has no real benefits, as it puts an enormous amount of strain on your neck and back, which can cause chronic pain. Additionally, it can restrict your breathing by all the pressure being placed on your lungs.

Face Down Sleepers:

Equally as bad as fetal sleeping, sleeping face down does not support the natural curve of your spine, as your head is facing the side during the entire night. While it does prevent snoring, it may lead to chronic head and neck pains.

It is well known that your mattress can increase your overall quality of sleep no matter which position you prefer to sleep. Custom mattresses can also be created for each type of sleeper, so that you get the right amount of support right where you need it, as we do in fact spend one-third of our lives sleeping.