Some sleeping positions are better for helping ensure you have a good night’s rest, especially if you suffer from complaints like snoring or other aches that can keep you up at night.
Dr. Ben Smarr is a sleep science adviser for Oura and an assistant professor of bioengineering and data science at UC San Diego. Through Smarr’s research, he’s seen that people who sleep in certain positions tend to report better sleep quality overall. Since personal preferences and health concerns are a big factor, it’s important to consult your doctor on your specific situation.
One of the best positions for snoring or sleep apnea is on your side. “While many people are most comfortable on their backs, side sleepers snore less, so that is usually recommended,” Smarr says.
Whether you snore or not, side sleeping is the preferred position for most people according to The Sleep Better Council. Sleeping on your left side specifically is the best position if you suffer from acid reflux, heartburn or indigestion at night. If you do have back pain or hip pain while sleeping on your side, you can place a pillow between your legs or knees to relieve the pressure.