I don’t remember where I read this but somewhere a while back I read that Ryan Hall slept on his back because it was good for his hips. Ever since then savasana pose has been my preferred sleep position. Sometimes I stay like that all night long and never move. Well it turns out most doctors agree the supine position is best.
There is an interesting article on Greatist.com about the different sleep positions and the pros and cons of each. Sleep on your back? Well that’s considered to be the best position for your spine but it also means you are more likely to snore. If you’re a stomach sleeper, really the only good thing about this position is that it eases sleep apnea. But generally speaking, sleeping on your stomach is regarded as the worst position. It can lead to lower back pain and strain the neck. And if you are like the majority of the population and sleep on your stomach, then that can be good for reducing acid reflux and heartburn. It is also good for pregnant women because it increases circulation to the heart and doesn’t put pressure on the lower back. On the flip side, however, sleeping on your side can put pressure on the liver, stomach, and lungs.
Of course we all have our preferred positions for catching our zzzz’s, but I do notice my hips feel especially out of whack when I sleep on my side. Plus I still can’t sleep on my right side from when I broke my collarbone (at my own wedding). It bothers my shoulder too much. As this article on Livestrong points out, the right sleep position can help keep bones and joints aligned correctly while also reducing back pain. We just have to find that right position.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,