The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions and Their Effects on Health

Best and Worst Sleeping Positions

6. Fetal Position: Position: Sleeping all curled up on either side, in a ball-like position with your knees drawn up to your chest and chin tilted down.

Health Effects:
Pros – This position reduces snoring to a considerable extent. It is also a good position for pregnant women.

Sleeping on your left side can especially help reduce acid reflux, as it will keep the stomach below the esophagus and gravity helps keep the reflux at bay.

Cons – Although this position may be quite comfortable while sleeping, it can put a lot of strain on your neck and back. This can lead to serious neck and back troubles, such as sciatic nerve pain, in the future.

Plus, the extreme curl can strain your back and joints as well as causing a number of issues like restricted breathing, wrinkles and saggy breasts.


Those who love sleeping in this position should use a firm pillow to support their head. Also, the pillow should be high enough to keep the head in a neutral or even position. This will help reduce stress and pressure on the neck to prevent neck pain, muscle aches and stiffness. It is also recommended that people sleeping in this position alternate sides during the night.

Curling on your left side causes stress on vital organs like the liver, lungs and stomach, so if the fetus is your position of choice, curl up on your right side.

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