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The best sleeping positions for fighting insomnia

OK, so it's unlikely that changing your sleeping position will cure your insomnia, but it may improve your sleep (even if only slightly) - so for that reason, I'll be sharing the best sleeping positions for promoting sleep in today's blog post.

Foetus Position

One of the best sleeping positions is the 'fetal position', in which you lie on your side (either side) with the knees drawn up.

This is said to aid sleep as it allows air to pass freely through the body and can stop stomach reflux.

The downside? Well, apparently this sleeping position can bring about premature facial wrinkles!!

Log Position

This one's quite straightforward. It involves sleeping on your side with your back and legs straight and cheek against the pillow - like a log.

Make sure that your mattress and pillows are firm enough. This is said to be a great all-round position that maintains a neutral spine.

Soldier Position

For this position, you lie on your back, legs straight out and arms by your side.

Unfortunately it has been suggested that this position can lead to snoring, but it's thought that those who sleep in this position tend to be 'quiet and reserved'!

Yearner Position

The Yearner position is where you sleep with your head a little off the center of the pillow, with your arms outstretched alongside the pillow and legs slightly bent.

It is said to help the back muscles adopt an optimal position.

Starfish Position

For this one, sleep on your back and spread both arms and legs out in a five-pointed fashion.

Apparently, experts say this is one of the best ways to attain a state of relaxation, as the more the body is outstretched the more it feels loosened up.

The yoga position of shavasana comes close to this. Unfortunately, this position may also encourage snoring.

Do you have a preferred sleeping position? Please share - the comments form is below, as usual.

Source: The Times of India

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Last updated: July 10, 2013

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

Leave a Comment

  • Karen S
    February 1, 2016, 7:34 pm

    I have trouble sleeping on my back, but it’s the only position that doesn’t hurt. How do I train myself to sleep on my back?

    • Martin Reed
      February 1, 2016, 8:16 pm

      Why do other sleeping positions cause you pain? That may be a better issue to address.