Sleep Like America – On Your Side
Sleeping on your side is widely recognized as the most healthy and comfortable sleep position. It eases acid reflux, prevents snoring, relieves sleep apnea, and creates a sense of comfort that ensures you sleep soundly all night. It’s no wonder that 74% of Americans fall into bed and sleep on their side every night. This cozy position reminds us of being in the womb. Therefore, your bedroom ought to be a tranquil space for you to rest in. Limit the use of electronic devices in your bed and no screen time for one hour before you go to sleep. The flickering screen light can disrupt your melatonin levels, tricking your brain into believing it’s daytime! Let’s make the most of this glorious sleep position with this complete guide to sleeping on your side.
How To Sleep On Your Side
Sleeping positions are involuntary and natural movements. It’s in these genuine moments that we reveal so much about ourselves. Those who sleep all curled up in the fetal position are soft-hearted and shy but open up to others when comfortable. Sleeping on your side with your arms stretched out means you’re a complex character but open to people and experiences. A social butterfly tends to sleep on their side with arms stiff by their sides. It’s natural to be a combi-sleeper too, maybe you start sleeping on your stomach and end up on your side. Take note of your sleep position when you wake up in the morning as this could be your default. Whatever position is natural to you, it’s vital that you have a supportive mattress and pillow as well as comfortable blankets that will keep you cozy all night.
How To Recognize A Side Sleeper
You may be asking yourself ‘am I a side sleeper?’ perhaps you start sleeping on your back and always wake up on your side. Maybe you start sleeping on your side and wake up on your back. Moving around a lot in different positions is normal (more so if you’re sleeping on memory foam, latex, hybrid, or a coil spring mattress) These nocturnal gymnastics are not especially good for you as they can interrupt your sleep cycle if you’re sleeping on an inadequate mattress. If you find yourself resting on your right or left side, arms outstretched or straight by your sides, legs curled up by your chest or straight as an arrow. You’re a side sleeper, my friend. Now that you’ve recognized yourself as one of the lucky 74% of Americans. You can finally start enjoying all the benefits of this beautiful and restful sleeping position.
Personality Of Side Sleepers
Your sleep mannerisms are a chapter in the story of you and reveal so much about your personality. Side sleepers are known to be social creatures who are carefree and open-minded. You can be a little sensitive but it’s this sensitivity that lends itself to your boundless creativity. A little headstrong at times but only when you make a decision that you must stick to. Side sleepers have a ton of street smarts and can’t be fooled easily. Maybe it’s all the glorious sleep you get in this position that makes you so awesome!
As a leading voice in the world of sleep, SleepFoundation.org has been involved in sleep science and health for almost three decades - since the 1990s. With a dedicated panel of researches, medical professionals, and technicals editors, they work tirelessly to bring unbiased research to the public domain so consumers all over the USA can make educated decisions on their sleep.
Therefore, it's an honor that our 10" Original Mattress has been awarded a Top Pick in the category of Best Mattress for Side Sleepers by SleepFoundation.org. We're incredibly proud to receive such an honorable award that confirms Nolah's superior comfort for people sleeping on their side.
The three most popular side sleeper positions
If you sleep on your side, all curled up like a baby with your knees close to your chest then you find comfort in the fetal position.
Fetal Position denotes you’re soft-hearted but may hide it behind a strong demeanor. It takes time for you to warm to others but when you do you’re trusting and open. This position is perfect for spine alignment and those who suffer back pain could find great relief in the fetal sleep position.
However, make sure you have a quality pillow to support your neck and align your spine. Also, put a pillow between your knees for added comfort.
If you sleep on your side with your arms stiff by your sides then you’re a sleeping log. This position is great for back and neck alignment but as with the fetal position, be sure to have a quality pillow or you may suffer a stiff neck.
Sleeping logs are sociable, chilled out, and take everything in their stride. Some say you’re so laid back you’re practically laying down! Chatting with strangers is one of your favorite things and you welcome everyone who approaches you.
Sleeping on your side with your arms outstretched is similar to the log sleeping position but has a much different meaning. You’re more wary of strangers than the Log and you think things through thoroughly before making your final decision.
You have an almost methodical approach to life and have plenty of street smarts. Side sleeping is the most highly recommended of all because it helps you to sleep more soundly due to the comfy nature of the position.
Health Benefits Of Side Sleeping
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, or any other digestive disorder. Sleeping on your left side could bring relief because your stomach acids are away from your esophagus as you sleep. In this position, you’ll also find that your lymphatic drainage improves so toxins are more easily removed from your body. Sleep apnea and snoring can be alleviated, as well as aches, pains, and stiff joints.
Sleeping on your side promotes relaxation, improves cellular repair, controls circulation, boosts digestion, and aids a restful sleep all night.
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Using A Pillow To Sleep On Your Side
For extreme comfort when side sleeping, put a pillow between your knees. This nifty trick is not just for pregnant women, all side sleepers can benefit because it aligns your hips. Place a quality pillow under your head to keep your spine aligned. You could also put a pillow under your waist for extra support. You’ll be in pillow fort heaven!
How to choose a pillow for side sleeping
Ever had a memory foam pillow? If so, you’ll be aware of how hard they can be. Sure, they seem comfortable for a week or two but soon turn into rocks. Especially in colder climates, memory foam mattresses and pillows can quickly turn to concrete. Down pillows and synthetic pillows can be equally disastrous for your sleep health.
Nolah AirFoam™ and AirFiber™ pillows are here to the rescue. These temperature neutral pillows are super soft and supportive. The unique design prevents heat buildup and remains dry and cool for pure comfort all night.
How to choose a mattress for side sleeping
Nolah AirFoam™ mattresses are Certipur-US® certified and scientifically proven to provide 4 times less peak pressure on hips, shoulders, and back. As a side sleeper, Nolah AirFoam™ is proven to be more beneficial to your sleep health than memory foam mattresses. Made without heat-trapping viscoelastic chemicals, the Nolah AirFoam™ Original 10” and Signature 12” give you the best sleep you’ve ever had. Your entire body is supported by billions of tiny air bubbles.
One of the many reasons why our mattresses are so special is that they are made especially for side sleepers. Particular care is given to your most sensitive areas; hips and shoulders to provide you with a cool and comfortable sleep, the likes of which you’ve never had in your life.
Side Sleeping Can Help Reduce Snoring
Side sleeping is seen as the best position to combat snoring and the best sleep position for overall health. The airways are kept clear and more restful sleep can be had in this position. Avoid sleeping on your back if you snore as this position aggravates the problem further.
Tips for side sleepers to sleep well
- Place a pillow under your head with no gap between your neck and the mattress
- Head centered on the pillow
- Place a pillow between your knees for added bliss
- Upgrade your mattress to Nolah AirFoam™
- No electronic devices before bed
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