Since the dawn of time, people have been sleeping on their sides. For most of that time, it’s the only way they could sleep. But even today, with our beds and mattresses and pillows and all the other equipment we have for sleeping well at night, side sleeping is still pretty common. It has lots of benefits for your body as well as some drawbacks that you need to be aware of before you even think about buying a new bed or mattress. The truth is that there are many different positions in which people can sleep on their sides. You might be surprised to learn just how many there actually are! I’m going to break down each one so that you can figure out which one works best for you (or if it’s even worth trying at all).
Side sleeping positions
Side sleeping positions are the best for your spine, hips, neck and shoulders. If you want to sleep on your side, there are a few pillow options that will work better for you. The general rule is: if you like to sleep on your back when you’re awake, then side sleeping will probably be a better position for you than sleeping on your stomach or curled up in a ball in the fetal position.
How to get yourself to sleep on your side
- Try to get into the habit of sleeping on your side.
- If you’re not used to sleeping on your side, it can take a few nights before you are comfortable doing so.
- Try to get into a routine of doing this when you are not tired.
Pillows and mattresses
Pillows are a crucial part of the equation when it comes to finding the right position for you.
They should be soft and supportive. Mattresses, too, should provide both comfort and support – but not necessarily in equal amounts.
You want them to be comfortable enough that you don’t wake up with aches or pains, but not so soft that your spine is off-kilter as soon as you hit the mattress (which can cause neck pain). And they should offer some resistance—but not so much that they feel like a slab of concrete beneath you (this is especially true if you’re on your stomach).
No one can tell you what’s best for you
The key here is to try different positions, see what works for you, and adjust accordingly. If sleeping on your side is a struggle or you wake up with a sore neck or back, then it’s time to experiment again. A great way to find out if there are any other positions that will suit you better than lying down flat on your back or front is by using an app like Sleep Cycle. This app measures how well-rested you feel every morning (and night). The good news is: no one can tell you what’s best for them—you’re the only person who can decide that!
If you are going to sleep on your side, be sure that you have the right equipment to do so.
You might be wondering what equipment you need to sleep on your side. A lot of people assume that they need a special pillow or mattress, but that’s not always the case. If you have a good pillow and mattress, then you can be comfortable while sleeping on your side. Other things to consider include:
- Room temperature – The ideal room temperature for sleeping is somewhere between 60 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Sleeping in rooms that are too cold or hot can make it difficult for some people to fall asleep quickly or stay asleep all night. If you live in a very cold climate, invest in an electric blanket or heated mattress pad so that you don’t wake up freezing!
- Room humidity – Humidity levels should also be high enough so that when we breathe out through our noses during the night (which is necessary), we won’t feel like our nostrils are drying out because there isn’t enough moisture around them!
I hope that this guide has helped you understand the importance of sleep and how it can help prevent injury as well as give you better health overall. Remember that there are many different ways to sleep on your side, so don’t feel like there’s only one way that works for you. Takeaways: If you are going to sleep on your side, be sure that you have the right equipment to do so.