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The Best Sleeping Positions Revealed

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At Cowberry, we are passionate about quality sleep. We envision a world where everyone wakes up fresh and feeling energised. Because we all deserve a good night’s rest.Naturally, we are prone to dedicating a lot of our time to sleep. Did you know that we spend an average of 227,468 hours sleeping over a lifetime? That’s about 26 years, which translates to 33%, or one-third of our lives spent in the world of dreams.Choosing to sleep in the finest natural materials, such as our pure, natural linen bedding can really promote a good night’s sleep. There are other little tips that can really elevate your sleeping experience, including our Alpaca bed socks. Both our linen bedding and Alpaca socks are irresistibly soft and temperature-regulating.But did you know that there is another factor at play when it comes to sleeping well? Our sleep position. We explore the different sleep positions to help you find the best one for you and improve your sleep.

How to find the best sleep position for you?

Good sleep hygiene ensures we get a good night’s sleep so that we feel well rested and replenished with energy to tackle the next day.

Our sleep position is also an essential part of our sleep hygiene, although we tend to undervalue it. It not only promotes a night of deep and peaceful sleep but also ensures we have a good posture and feel beautiful. There are a variety of sleep positions, yet some are considered to be healthier than others. As a rule of thumb, you want it to provide a healthy spinal alignment from your hips to your head. Nevertheless, finding the best sleeping position is unique to everyone and it depends on your body’s structure and health situation.

At Cowberry, we take your sleep hygiene seriously, so we want to ensure you find the best sleeping position. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Side sleeping

We know that most of you probably sleep on your side. We do too.

Side sleeping feels incredibly comfortable and natural to most people. It also has a host of benefits, including healthy spinal alignment, heartburn reduction, and a decrease in snoring. That makes it ideal for people with sleep apnoea. If you add a body pillow or a head pillow in-between your legs, it will be more comfortable and you will get better back pain relief.

Which side do you tend to sleep on? People with acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) tend to sleep on their left side, as the right side puts pressure on their internal organs and can trigger the symptoms of their conditions. Nevertheless, those with heart conditions would prefer sleeping on their right side.

According to recent research, 23% of Brits prefer sleeping on their side with arms tucked under a cushion, while 20% like foetal position, and 9% sleep on their side with arms stretched out.

But side sleeping can also have some potential drawbacks, including sore shoulders and facial wrinkles due to the continuous contact of the face with the pillow. That's why, we recommend using linen pillowcases. They’re incredibly soft to touch and airy, allowing your pores to breathe and preventing wrinkles.

Back sleeping

The best position to sleep in for your spine is on your back, also referred to as the supine position. This natural position helps evenly distribute your body weight, so you can have a care-free night’s sleep.

Research has shown that 9% of Brits like to sleep on their back with arms by their side and 3% like to starfish in bed.

Back sleeping can also help with reducing acid reflux, relieving congestion in a stuffy nose or allergies, and alleviating neck pain. Plus, it won’t give you facial wrinkles. Nevertheless, it is not recommended for people with sleep apnoea or those who tend to snore.

It can also cause lower back pain but that can easily be combatted by placing a pillow or a rolled-up towel or blanket under your knees, just like you do in yoga.

Stomach sleeping

We know that a lot of people like to sleep on their stomachs. However, it is not the healthiest sleeping position, as it doesn’t promote healthy spine alignment.

When your head is lying on one side while your body is flat, it can cause neck pain and lower back pain and make you more likely to snore.

Nevertheless, if you still find this position comfortable, you should sleep on a really soft pillow using breathable bedding, such as linen pillowcases to help your airway.

There are many things you can do to enhance your sleep routine and re-evaluating your sleep position is one of them. A healthy sleep position will ensure you have good posture and are well-rested through the night. Because a healthy lifestyle starts with good self-care.

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