Which Side to Sleep On

Which Side to Sleep On

At 2 Brothers Mattress, while our primary mission is to provide you and your family with the highest-quality sleeping materials, we’re also here to educate. A new mattress is a perfect chance to take a look at some of your sleeping habits, and figure out how you can get a better sleep each night.

One of the most important factors in that? Which part of the body you sleep on. Let’s look at a few different facts about sleeping on your back, or on your left or right side.

Sleep on Back?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the best sleeping position is actually on our backs. Sleeping on the back allows the head, neck, and spine to rest in a natural position, which limits additional pressure on these areas and resulting pain. Sleeping on the back is also great for people who have acid reflux.

That said, the NSF reports that only about 8 percent of people actually sleep on their backs. In addition, sleeping on the back is not recommended for people who snore or who have sleep apnea, both of which are relatively common conditions.

Left Side

The American Pregnancy Association recommends that pregnant women sleep on their side, and particularly the left side – sleeping on the left will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and the baby. For those who struggle with this, keep a pillow between your bent knees or under your abdomen to alleviate back pain.

For non-pregnant people, sleeping on the left side may ease heartburn – though experts aren’t sure why. However, sleeping on the left may also put a strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach.

Right Side

Sleeping on the right side may worsen heartburn, according to experts. However, for some people, it may have no negative effects. Sleepers on both sides should be sure to make sure the spine is supported during sleep, as well.

For more on comfortable sleep, or to find out about any of our mattresses, visit the experts at 2 Brothers Mattress today.