The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions and Their Effects on Health

Best and Worst Sleeping Positions

5. On Either Side: Position – Sleeping on either your left or right side.

Health Effects:
Pros – Side sleeping is beneficial for those suffering from neck and back pain, acid reflux, snoring and sleep apnea. People are less likely to snore in this posture, as it keeps the airways open. This posture is recommended for people who have sleep apnea.

Side sleeping also elongates the spine, which helps reduce back pain.

A 2012 study published in BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth suggests that sleeping on your left side during pregnancy can increase healthy blood flow and provide the optimum oxygen levels for you and your baby.

Cons – Sleeping on the right side may worsen heartburn troubles. On the other hand, sleeping on the left side may put a strain on your internal organs like the stomach, lungs and liver. If you suffer from any kind of stomach, lung or liver problem, switch to the right side.

Side sleeping can even contribute to premature aging, due to gravity leading to facial wrinkles and sagging breasts.


If you prefer sleeping in this position, put a pillow between your knees. Also, use a satin pillowcase to reduce the chance of wrinkles on your face.

Plus, avoid resting your head (or whole body) on a single arm. It is recommended to keep the arms resting by your sides.

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