Have you ever stopped to think about your sleep position? Do you find that there is one particular position that feels the most comfortable and that you typically end up in each night? Does that ideal position happen to be sleeping on your side? If you’ve answered yes to side sleeping, then you aren’t alone, as this particular position is extremely popular, especially for those who suffer from any sort of back pain. Often side sleeping can help to relieve that pain, making sleep more comfortable overall.

But here’s something you may not realize about side sleeping; did you know there are actually ways to go about it that will be more comfortable and better for your body? If you find yourself waking up with aches and pains, you don’t feel well-rested, and it feels like most of the night is spent tossing and turning, then these tips can prove to be useful.

Try Using a Pillow Between Your Legs

One of the easiest tips is to try placing a pillow in between your legs as you sleep. What this does is help with the alignment of your hips, back, and even your legs. It can help alleviate pressure and pain, allowing you to wake up refreshed.

If you do try this method, opt for a pillow that isn’t too lofty/puffy, as you don’t want your leg and hip to be raised too high; the goal is to create proper alignment. You may even find a full-length body pillow works better, as it can offer more support and prevent you from tossing and turning, thereby letting that pillow slip out from between your legs.

Keep Hands and Arms Down

Another tip is to make sure you are sleeping with your hands and arms placed below your neck and face. The best position for them is to be parallel to your body. If this is something you don’t currently do, it can be a hard habit to break, but over time you’ll be able to create a whole new sleeping position that is comfortable.

Suffer from Heartburn – Avoid Sleeping on Your Right Side

Did you know that the side you choose can also dictate how well you sleep? Those who suffer from frequent heartburn will want to avoid sleeping on their right side. Really, if you have any digestion issue at all, it’s typically better to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on the left side encourages your body’s natural blood flow thanks to the shape of your stomach, so it can help to calm and keep those digestive issues at bay.

Choose a Mattress Meant for Side Sleeping

Did you know there are also some mattresses that are better for side sleepers than others? When shopping for a mattress, the goal should be to find something supportive so you won’t sink in. A mattress that is overly soft will then have you sinking in some areas and not so much in others. This doesn’t allow for proper alignment of your spine and body as a whole and offers nothing in terms of joint support.

At the same time, you probably don’t want a mattress that is too firm with zero give, as then it can be too hard and uncomfortable. In other words, you need that perfect in-between solution.

Enjoy a Great and Supportive Night’s Sleep

Because you are a side sleeper, you have already chosen what experts typically believe is the best position to sleep in, and with these small tips and tweaks, you’ll be able to ramp up the health and physical benefits of side sleeping even more.

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