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Sleeping Positions: Which Is the Best for You?

Last updated 6 years ago

If you’ve ever spent the night tossing and turning or woken up feeling sore and achy, you may wonder whether it’s time to find a new way to fall asleep. To learn more about the best way to position yourself on your mattress for a great night’s sleep, keep reading. 

On Your Back Sleeping on your back is generally believed to be the best position. This allows your mattress and pillows to cushion your spine, shoulders, and neck, keeping them in a neutral and pain-free position. Sleeping on your back is good for reducing wrinkles, keeping breasts from sagging, and mitigating acid reflux disease by sleeping with your stomach resting below your esophagus.

On Your Side If you don’t like sleeping on your back, lying on your side on your mattress is the next best thing. You can still keep your spine in a comfortable, elongated position while helping to avoid acid reflux disease and minimize snoring. Even so, sleeping on your side may worsen signs of aging, because pressing your face into the pillow can cause wrinkles. For the most comfortable sleep, place a pillow between your knees to keep your hips and spine in alignment.

Other Sleeping Positions Sleeping curled into a fetal position or on your stomach on your mattress is not considered an ideal sleeping position. This can cause joint aches, restrict your breathing, and cause significant soreness over time. Sleeping on your stomach can minimize snoring and is safe if you aren’t experiencing any back or neck problems, but consider a very thin pillow or just rest your head directly on your mattress to avoid developing neck pain.

Get a great night’s sleep every night with a new mattress from Mattress Direct in St. Louis. Choose from our wide selection of Tempur-Pedic mattresses and more to provide your back and body with the best support available for healthy sleep. For more information, visit us online or call (314) 549-8496 today.


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