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Are you a stomach sleeper, side sleeper or back sleeper? This is the best sleeping position for your sleeping position!

Everyone has a certain preference when it comes to his or her sleeping position, but is your sleeping position a healthy one? Each sleeping position has its own pros and cons. The extent to which these advantages or disadvantages play a role largely depends on the quality of your mattress. In principle, there is no wrong sleeping position, because your body itself determines that it wants to lie in this way and you have no influence on it at night.

Different types of sleeping positions

No one goes to sleep standing up and falling asleep sitting is usually accidental. For example after too many beers in the disco. If we really want to go to sleep, we all do it lying down. We can therefore safely say that there are 3 real different sleeping positions and all three are in the lying position. On your side, on your back and on your stomach. There are also people who sleep in a fetal position. This does not happen very often, but if you sleep in the fetal position, it does have an extra disadvantage. Below we discuss each sleeping position with its advantages and disadvantages.

Stomach sleeper

Do you sleep on your stomach? Then you are one of the few. In general, it is said that sleeping on your stomach is the least healthy sleeping position. Although this has not been scientifically proven, there is something to be said for it. The fact is that when you sleep on your stomach, your spine is not straight. Your neck is turned so you can breathe. If you want to know which mattress best suits a stomach sleeper, we recommend reading our blog: Which mattress suits me? Choose the best mattress for you here!

Side sleeper

The vast majority of people fall asleep on their side. If you keep in mind that your spine should be straight, you will understand that this position benefits the most from a good mattress with different comfort zones and a medium-high pillow. If the lounger does not provide the correct support, you quickly run the risk of lying crooked in this position. This can cause annoying complaints to, for example, the hip, back or neck. Furthermore, sleeping on your side is relatively good if you snore. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is also a good idea to sleep on your side.

Do you sleep on your left or right side?

Whether sleeping on the left side or the right side makes a difference is an interesting question. It does indeed make a difference. If you sleep on your right side, more body weight will be placed on your organs (such as your liver) and certain nerves. Sleeping on your right side therefore reduces blood circulation, increasing the risk of swollen ankles and feet. For this, among other things, it is better to sleep on your left side. Especially if you are pregnant, it is a good idea to sleep on your left side.

Back sleeper

Sleeping on your back is considered the best sleeping position by most scientists and physiotherapists. This is because it is the sleeping position in which your spine is most straight. A back sleeper benefits from a firm support layer, but where the buttocks get enough space to maintain the natural upright position of the spine. If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your back is not the ideal sleeping position for you. In this position, the tongue sinks further back. This gives you less room to inhale air, which increases the chance that your sleeping partner is awake.

Fetal position sleeper

It could be natural that you hate adult life and like to recapture the feeling of being small. However, it is better not to go to sleep in a fetal position! Because your knees are drawn high in this position, your spine bulges. If you sleep in this position for a longer period of time, your body will not recover properly and there is a risk of back problems.

Effects of a good sleeping position on sleep

There are quite a few reasons why a good sleeping position is essential. A good sleeping position prevents neck or back complaints. Do you already suffer from neck or back pain? Then adjusting your sleeping position can also ensure that complaints such as neck and back pain are reduced. Make sure you choose the best mattress that suits your sleeping position. An increased sleeping comfort naturally ensures better performance during the day and fewer physical complaints.

What is the best sleeping position?

As mentioned before, there is something to be said for every sleeping position. The fact remains that sleeping on your back naturally offers the most natural position to your body, but this can be a position for people with sleep apnea that makes the complaints worse. Whatever sleeping position you have, a good mattress remains essential. A good mattress contributes to your sleeping position, comfort and therefore also to your health. A natural sleeping position on a good mattress prevents neck and back complaints!

Importance of a good mattress and bed

It should be clear by now that whatever sleeping position you have, a good mattress improves your sleeping position and comfort! The importance of your natural posture should be leading when looking for a mattress with good support. If you have a mattress that does not meet that need, your body will have to compensate for it itself, increasing the risk of neck and back problems.

Need personal advice on the best sleeping position?

Finding the best mattress for a good sleeping position can be quite a task if you don’t know where to look. At Morningstar Sleeps you can always get free advice if you have any doubts. The website is equipped with an easy chat function with which you can ask your questions to an employee. They will provide honest advice at all times. Of course you can also call! In addition, you can try the Morningstar Sleeps 100 nights at home mattresses. Much better than 5 minutes in a shop. On average, the body needs days to weeks to get used to a mattress. So the first advice you get from us for free: ‘Don’t go for a mattress where no test sleep is offered!’. Both the Stellar mattress and the Astro mattress have ideal comfort zones with progressive counter pressure. In other words, a balancing effect for a healthy sleeping position. And as mentioned before, you also get the chance to test sleep for 100 nights with free shipping and returns. Very important! So do you have questions about sleeping position, counter pressure, hardness or questions in general? Use the Morningstar Sleeps service and receive free, tailor-made advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best sleeping position?

The best sleeping position differs per person. The distribution of pressure and a naturally straight spine are important. Make sure you have a good mattress that supports your sleeping position and equalizes pressure points.

What is a bad sleeping position?

A bad sleeping position is any sleeping position where the spine is not naturally straight. This can be due to a mattress that is too hard or too soft, with a lack of individual support for the body's pressure points.

Which sleeping position is the healthiest?

Generally speaking, the best sleeping position is to sleep on your back. However, this is person dependent. Someone with sleep apnea does not benefit from this. Maintain a naturally straight spine at all times.


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