Which sleep position will help you live longest?

Sleep is integral to a long life, but which position will help you live longest?

Which is the best sleep position?

Are you a back sleeper or a side snoozer? Do you sleep like superman or lay with your knees up?

We all know that sleep is integral to a long life, but the position in which you sleep can be the difference between healthy z’s and sleeping dangerously. So, which position will help you live longest? And what does your sleep position say about you?

Sleeping face down
If you sleep face down, you may be straining your neck and lower back making it difficult to hold that position for extended periods. Tummy sleepers will usually toss and turn in order to get comfortable during the night, which can lead to restless, unsatisfying sleep. If you do sleep this way, it’s best to use a very soft pillow or none at all.

Face down, arms tucked under
Freefall sleeping is when you sleep on top of a pillow with your arms wrapped around. It’s pretty common, and research suggests that people who sleep this way are outspoken and outgoing but a little bit sensitive to criticism.

Back sleeping
Sleeping on your back can lead to increased snoring, can exacerbate sleep apnoea, and may cause lower back pain. It may be one of the most comfortable positions, but it can also be one of the more harmful to your health.

On your back, arms down by your side
This position is known as ‘soldier’ and it’s predominantly a night-time posture favoured by those who are quiet and enjoy solitude.

On your back, arms in ‘surrender’ pose
Also known as the ‘starfish’, this position is common for good listeners and people who like to blend into a crowd.

Side sleeping
Laying on your side with your knees bent slightly towards your chest is probably the most comfortable sleeping position and it also puts the least strain on your body.

On your side, foetal position
Most people sleep this way and woman are twice as likely to utilise this position than men. Sleeping this way suggests that you’re friendly and warm but are also protective of yourself.

On your side, arms by your side
This is called the ‘log’ position, hence the whole ‘sleep like a log’ idiom. People who sleep like this tend to be easygoing and quite trusting.

On your side, arms in front
When you sleep with your arms out in front of you, like you’re trying to give someone a hug, it’s called the ‘yearner’ position. Studies suggest that these sleepers may be open-minded, but more likely suspicious and stubborn.

On your side, spooning
Ah, yes. The good old ‘spoon’ position … You love to lay close to your partner, which may mean you wake up a little more often than solo snoozers, but the chemical your body releases when sleeping in this position, oxytocin, reduces stress, improves your relationship and can help you relax and get back to sleep quickly. No wonder we all need a little spooning now and then.

So, which position is best?
If you’re a snorer or suffer from sleep apnoea, then you should sleep on your side, otherwise your night troubles could lead to severe health conditions such as stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease.

People with back pain should also sleep on their side, with a pillow between their legs. If you have back pain and can’t sleep unless you’re on your back, then put a pillow under your knees to help maintain the curvature of your spine.



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    1st Feb 2018
    Dear Leon Della Bosca, An entertaining article. As an aside, I'm trying to save the verb to lie (as in 'to get into a prone position'; not as in 'to say something false'). The first paragraph of your article does not make any sense: no matter what position a person 's knees are in it's impossible for the person to lay. Chooks lay eggs when they lie (sit?) down.
    1st Feb 2018
    You need to be careful in the spooning position, as it can lead to "forking".
    1st Feb 2018
    Love it Dobbo 1, your comment I mean.

    1st Feb 2018
    My sleep position reflects my life experiences......
    2nd Feb 2018
    BtL - glad you commented on the 'laying' - saved me the trouble, pedant that I am.

    2nd Feb 2018
    What's all this crap about personality-types? That's not what the article is supposed to be about!
    8th Feb 2018
    Sleeping on your left side is the better of the two options. Your gut etc stays in a straight position according to Medical Professionals. One your right ride it tends to move to the right side and put pressure on other organs in that region. It is also recommended for pregnant ladies to sleep on their left side.

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