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5 optimal sleeping positions you should master to improve your sleep

The importance of a restful night cannot be overstated. Experimenting with different sleeping positions can be a game-changer in your quest for quality sleep.

The value of a good night's sleep is often underestimated [Adobe Stock]

Beyond the duration of sleep, the positions adopted during the night can significantly impact the quality of the sleep.

From minimising discomfort to alleviating certain health issues, choosing the right sleeping position is an art worth mastering.

This article explores five healthy sleeping positions that can contribute to better sleep and overall well-being.

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There's a timeless elegance in the supine position, lying flat on your back. This posture evenly distributes your body weight, reducing pressure points and promoting spinal alignment. It's particularly beneficial for those prone to back pain. To enhance this position, consider placing a pillow beneath your knees to maintain the natural curve of your lower back.

For many, curling up in the fetal position is the epitome of comfort. This position can help reduce snoring and ease symptoms of acid reflux. Ensure you switch sides regularly to maintain balance and avoid stiffness. Adding a pillow between your knees can further support your spine and hips.

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If you prefer sleeping on your side, the log pose might be your ideal choice. Lie on your side with your arms straight down and your legs extended. This position helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine while preventing potential facial wrinkles associated with pressing your face into a pillow. Consider using a contoured pillow to support your neck.

While sleeping on your stomach is generally not recommended due to its potential to strain the neck and spine, some find it comfortable. If you're a stomach sleeper, opt for a softer pillow to reduce strain on your neck. Placing a pillow under your hips can also help maintain spinal alignment.

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Similar to the supine position, the soldier’s stand involves lying on your back, but with your arms straight down by your sides. This position is excellent for maintaining spinal alignment and reducing the risk of wrinkles associated with pressing your face into a pillow. Ensure your pillow adequately supports your neck.

The importance of a restful night cannot be overstated. Experimenting with different sleeping positions can be a game-changer in your quest for quality sleep.

Remember that individual preferences and health conditions vary, so finding what works best for you is key.

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Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows that align with your chosen sleeping position, and embark on a journey to better sleep and improved well-being.

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