How Sleep Posture Affects Health: 13 Things You Need to Know

Do you sleep on your back, your side or your stomach? What’s the difference?

Well, the jury is still out on which is the best sleeping position, but most experts will say to go with the flow.

That means, we are naturally inclined to lie a certain way in bed and it is better not to interrupt our natural sleeping pattern. That can, however, shift with age and health issues. We don’t usually stay in one position throughout the night so it’s normal to expect to wake up in a different position from that which you started in.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our posture is important for qi and blood circulation not only when we are standing, sitting and walking but also when we are asleep. The ideal position lying down will keep the spine in alignment, take pressure off muscles and bones and enable qi to flow smoothly.

Here is some advice if you are not sure which sleeping position is best for you:

1. A relatively hard bed is important to keep the spine straight. If it is too soft, there won’t be enough support to prevent possible spinal problems, especially in the 18 and younger who still have growth spurts.

2. Use a pillow to keep your neck raised in the appropriate position. If you sit at the computer all day with your head down, then make sure you bend your neck into a raised position if you sleep on your side, and use a pillow if on your back.

3. Changing your sleeping position overnight will help prevent fatigue, circulate qi and minimize pressure on the spine and muscles of the body. So don’t worry if you are already a restless sleeper.

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