Plenty of people struggle to decide how they want to sleep every night.
Research shows that nearly everyone has a different mind about the best way to sleep. Close to 47 percent of Americans sleep in the fetal position, which is considered to be the most common form of sleep, according to the Better Sleep Council. Meanwhile, 17 percent like to sleep on their stomach. A separate 13 percent sleep on their sides, with their arms stretched outward, while 11 percent sleep flat on their back.
That’s a lot of variation.
But the research shows we’re all getting it wrong when it comes to sleeping correctly. A bulk of research and expert opinions suggest that sleeping on your back might be the best method for sleeping. But, at the same time, sleeping on one particular side can also yield tremendous benefits.
Here’s what the science says is best when it comes to sleeping on your sides, back and stomach.
It’s hard to pinpoint the best method for sleeping. Experts agree that you should stick with whatever sleeping habits work best for you.
But, that said, sleeping on your back appears to be the healthiest method, followed by your left side, then your right one. Just try to avoid sleeping on your stomach if you can.
“Whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach, if you wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free, there’s probably no reason to break a habit that’s working for you,” according to CNN. “But if you’re having any of the issues mentioned here, it might be a good idea to experiment with something new.”