A New Vision report examines the results of scientific studies that investigate the relationship between sleep positions and a person’s quality of sleep.
Studies now show that sleeping position affects your quality of sleep and even your overall well-being. There is no one-position-fits-all recommendation for sleep, but there sure are adjustments you can make to get a good night’s rest.
One study on the relationship between sleep positions and quality of sleep, via self-assessment, looked into body positions of good sleepers (those who were satisfied with the quality of their sleep) and poor sleepers (those who complained about it).
Compared to poor sleepers, good sleepers experienced significantly better quality of sleep, were in better shape in the morning, had less difficulty in falling asleep, felt less agitation, and had fewer awakenings at night.
The same study also went on to show that poor sleepers consistently spent more time on their back with their heads straight. In stark contrast, good sleepers seldom slept on their back for long periods of immobility, suggesting sleep position might be an important factor affecting the quality of sleep.1