Did you ever see the movie “Big Hero 6”? In it, Fred says, “I wear ‘em front, I wear ‘em back. I go inside out. Then I go front and back.” He’s talking about getting four days out of the same pair of underwear (can anyone say gross?) He could almost be talking about the different ways I sleep. I typically lay down for bed on my right side. Then I turn to my left. Next, I lay on my front. Not comfortable, I turn to my back. The cycle then repeats itself throughout the night, night after night. I am a habitual tosser and turner, and I have many sleep positions. But how many positions are there? Here is a shortlist of the more common sleep positions:
How Many Sleep Positions Do You Have
Laying flat on your back is quite popular, though it could cause snoring. It’s hard to hear yourself snoring since you are asleep while you are doing it. If you are able you should have your partner tell you if you are a snorer. Many back sleepers lie flat as a board (arms straight along their sides), or as if in a free fall (arms look like they are waving in the air like they just don’t care). My backside bulges due to my badonkadonk. Even though I do lay on my back at some point during the night, I find I don’t sleep as well when I lay this way.
Those who lay on their sides might often find themselves with one or both of their hands under their pillow. This helps support the head by accommodating the space created between their head and the pillow when laying this way. Habitual side sleepers would probably sleep best with a thicker pillow. A benefit of side sleeping is it’s better for your back. Out of all of the sleep positions, I find I sleep on my side the most often as for me this is most comfortable.
Many people enjoy sleeping on their front side. If you sleep on your stomach you should either use a thin pillow or no pillow at all. When I lay on my stomach, I push my pillow out from under my head. It is not good for the alignment of your back to sleep on your stomach with your head on a thick pillow.
Curled up on your side and resembling a baby in the womb, the fetal position is popular with many. I have a sneaky suspicion that many people sleep in a modified fetal position - on their sides with their legs slightly bent, but not pulled all the way up. I personally couldn’t imagine sleeping in a true, fetal position and feeling comfortable, but that’s just me.
Whether on your back, front, or side, the outstretched sleeper stretches out and takes up all the space on the bed. This type of sleeper does best when they don’t have to share the bed with another human. Animals are smaller and it’s easier for them to find spaces to crawl into and get comfortable, so having an outstretched human won’t typically phase them.
You might be a snorer, or maybe you suffer from acid reflux. You could have back problems, or possibly you encounter high levels of stress. Many factors affect the way you sleep. If you have problems sleeping, you can always try an alternate sleeping position. Consider talking to your doctor about what they think the best sleep position would be for you.
Whatever sleep position is your norm, make sure that you are using the right pillow. Consider an adjustable pillow, such as the Premium Bamboo Pillow Adjustable from Lavender & Chamomile. Whether you are a back sleeper, a side sleeper, or you sleep in any other sleep position, this pillow allows you to adjust it to the perfect height for you and your sleep type.
What position or positions do you most often find yourself sleeping in?