GQ: A writer investigates how sleep posture and specialized pillows can make all the difference in getting a restful night’s sleep.
sleep posture is not like seated or standing posture. It’s not so much a matter of correcting what you do naturally as it is one of experimenting with what you find comfortable. Beyond helping alleviate medical concerns like sleep apnea, pain, and even heartburn, the main goal is to make yourself as comfortable as possible so that you fall asleep more easily. (Once unsupervised by consciousness, your body will likely move around a lot.)
It’s also not just plopping into your preferred position: Dr. Rachel Salas, a sleep neurologist at Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep and Wellness, said that one could take up a process similar to yoga nidra, a practice that’s meant to help you fall asleep. Take the time to focus on each body part—your neck, your back, and so on—and tweak them until they feel as good as is possible.