Because we know how vital sleep is to our overall health happiness and wellbeing, it’s understandable that we would want to maximize the hours that we spend asleep. Of course, the quality of your sleep surface has a tremendous impact on the quality of your sleep. Likewise, it’s crucial to set enough time aside to be able to fall gently into sleep and wake up naturally while respecting your sleep cycle.
But, have you been losing sleep lately, perusing Google into the wee hours in search of the answer to your burning question: Which side is really the best to sleep on?
Well, you’re in luck. Today, we’ll tell you–for once and for all–how to maximize your sleep for optimal levels of health and wellness.
Is There Really A Side That’s Best?
Many yogis would tell you to sleep on your right side because it releases the pressure of your body from your heart. Many doctors advise their pregnant patients to sleep on their left side to allow blood to flow more easily in its circulation throughout the body. Others, yet, would urge you to sleep on your back. So, what side is the best side to sleep on? With so many opinions from so many different sleep specialists, it can be nearly impossible to navigate through all the information.
In our two-part blog series, we addressed many of your specific questions by breaking it down into the best sleep positions based on your needs/wants/complaints. So, for example, if you’ve been irked by a deepening of your nasolabial folds, sleep on your back. If you’ve been having back pain, sleep in any other position than on your stomach. If you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn, sleep on your left side.
Specifics aside, what you really need to know is this…you are the only one who is inside of your body.
Trust Your Instincts
We live in a time where we are literally inundated with information, yet we can’t be sure whether all of this additional data is truly having a positive impact on our lives. In fact, some might say that the wealth of knowledge available to us in our technological age is overwhelming and perhaps even detrimental to our state of wellbeing.
According to the Harvard Business Review, “Researchers say that the stress of not being able to process information as fast as it arrives—combined with the personal and social expectation that, say, you will answer every email message—can deplete and demoralize you.”
As we embark on our own personal journey each and every day, we must pay attention to our internal cues. Check in with yourself, with your mind, with your body, and with your intuition. Do what feels natural. If you can’t comfortably fall asleep on your back, then that position probably isn’t for you. If you always end up rolled onto your right side, then maybe your body is trying to tell you something. Whatever you do, allow your own internal compass to guide your actions and behaviors, both inside and outside of the bedroom.
Are you doing what’s best for you?