The Best Position to Sleep – Backed by Science

The best sleeping position isn’t a one-size fits all solution. People sleep in different ways, after all. Each person has different needs and is comfortable in a different sleep position. To find the best sleep position for you, consider more than just comfort. Although relaxation is important, don’t forget our lives are constantly changing. Our body shape alters as we age. We get pregnant or succumb to the occasional cold. And we all get older—except you, If we want to sleep smarter not harder, our sleep positions should also adjust with life’s vicissitudes.

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Sleep Deprivation

All parts of the sleep cycle are important, but REM sleep is the most restorative and vital for memory retention. REM sleep is that magical “deep sleep” when you dream and when your eyes rapidly move back and forth. Without enough deep sleep, you can wake up with a headache and a body full of aches. The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are serious. Here are a few downsides to consistent cycles of low-quality sleep:

  • Reduced skin health and accelerated signs of aging
  • Memory loss
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Overall grogginess and irritability (according to our own non-scientific observations)

There are many ways we humans prefer to do the comatose catnap. Flat on your back, arms up around the head. Smushed on your belly like a falling man. On your side curled up like a shrimp. Everybody does it differently, and that’s okay. But some positions, it turns out, are more “okay” than others.

Some Sleeping Positions Are Better Than Others

Every sleep position comes with pros and cons, but if you get the best rest in a less-than-ideal position, that’s probably still the best choice for you. Therefore, we won’t judge you for getting your rest curled up like a dog or laid out like a chalk outline at a crime scene—whatever gets you the best rest. Good sleep hygiene is finding the right balance of comfort and practicality—the snuggling Yin and Yang of nocturnal bliss.

If you want to improve the quality of your sleep, we’ve got some tips for switching to a more comfortable sleeping position. And if you’re just too attached to the way you slip into sweet slumber, we’ve got some tips for easing you into dreamland just the way you like it.

What Is the Best Sleep Position

Here at Crestfoam, we love you, and we don’t want you to change anything about yourself just for our sake! Keep doing what you’re doing. And if you think you’ll benefit from switching up your night-time routine, go for it!

Oh, and no matter what sleep position you prefer, you’ll always sleep better on a Crestfoam mattress

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