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Your sleep position could be ruining your sleep – here’s the best option to get deep rest

EXPERTS say a person's sleep position could be the key to getting a good night's rest.

But the best way to drift off for one person may not necessarily work for another.

Each position brings with it its own qualities that, depending on the individual, could mean the your sleep is being disturbed.

Sammy Margo, a sleep expert and physiotherapist, said: “Sleeping in certain positions can aggravate all sorts of health problems, from back and neck pain to heartburn.

“Your chosen position could even cause saggy boobs or wrinkles.”

Here The Sun breaks down the best options for you to get a good night of rest.

SLEEPING ON YOUR SIDE

One previous study found that around 60 per cent of people prefer to sleep on their side.

This position is good for people with sleep apnea.

It is also good for those who suffer from acid reflux, heartburn or indigestion if sleepers lie on their left side specifically.

Dr Angus Nisbet, Consultant Neurologist and Sleep Physician said older people or people who experience various ailments are also likely to sleep on their side.

He told Live Science: "As we age we encounter more and more ailments. So if, say, one of your hips is arthritic, you will naturally tend to sleep on the side that offers relief from any pain you’re experiencing." 

He did however explain that that there are some drawbacks to sleeping on your side and said you might suffer with shoulder pain and a risk of facial wrinkles from being pressed down on one side.

If you like sleeping on your side, try and change which side you sleep on, on a regular basis.

You can also also try placing a pillow between your legs to relieve back or hip pain.

SLEEPING ON YOUR STOMACH

While it might feel comfortable, consultant osteopath, Andrew Doody at the Fleet Street Clinic said you really should try and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

He explained: "This position puts a lot of strain on your back by over-extending it. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, it’s the only position they can fall asleep in, or any other position makes them snore.

"If you’re one of them, try putting a pillow under your stomach to take some of the pressure off your back. If you’re someone who falls asleep on their back or side, then rolls over in their sleep and wakes up on their stomach, try hugging a large pillow against your chest and stomach to keep you in position.

"Another reason sleeping on the front is considered bad is because the head is usually turned to one side. This twists the spine and places additional stress on the neck, shoulders, and back."

To avoid this, Andrew said you can try lying face down.

"Place a small firm pillow or tightly rolled-up towel under the forehead, or better still a face pillow, allowing room to breathe. In this position, you should still place a pillow under the stomach".

That said, sleeping on your stomach is better for those with sleep apnea and snorers too.

SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK

Lying on the back is probably the best all-around sleeping position for a healthy back, Andrew said.

He explained: "It ensures good spinal alignment from the head and cervical vertebrae, through the thoracic and lumbar, all the way down to the pelvis.

"Because the back is the body’s largest area, weight is most widely distributed in this position, minimizing pressure hot spots.

"However, if you have any lumbar spinal issues, you may feel more comfortable with a pillow placed under your knees.

"This is because many areas that cause backache in the lumbar spine are at the back, the facet joints and nerve roots. Placing a pillow under the knees allows the lumbar spine to gently flex and gap posteriorly, taking the pressure off these joints and nerves."

But sleeping on your back is not good for sleep apnea.

FINDING WHAT IS BEST OFR YOU

Consultant osteopath Andrew Doody explained: "Finding the best sleeping positions can help ease your back pain. Make sure you have found one or two that are comfortable for you.

"Having more than one helps so that you are not stuck in the same position for hours on end. Everyone sleeps differently.

"So, there’s no one perfect position, but a good place to start is by making sure the head, shoulders, and hips are in alignment. The best way to do this is usually by sleeping on the back or side."

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