Everything from your pillow to your mattress contributes to a good night’s sleep, but your sleeping position can also mean the difference between waking up refreshed or in pain. According to the U.K. Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, 7% of the population sleeps on their stomachs with their heads turned to the side. If you’re a stomach sleeper, here some good reasons you should start sleeping on your back or side.
Why You Should Never Sleep on Your Stomach
1. It’s Bad for Your Back
It’s pretty much impossible to rest face down on your pillow all night, so stomach sleepers rest with their heads turned. Sleeping in this position adds extra stress to your spine and can even cause its natural curvature to flatten. Because your spine is a conduit connecting your nerves to the rest of your body, you’re likely to wake up throughout the night in pain.
2. It’s Bad for Your Skin
Sleeping on your belly also causes fluids to collect beneath your eyes, resulting in puffiness or dark circles beneath them. Not to mention, this position also puts more pressure on the side of your face pressed against the pillow, which can cause premature wrinkles from friction against the skin. If your pillowcase isn’t kept clean, you’ll also experience more frequent bouts of acne.
3. It Can Cause Problems for Pregnant Women
It’s impractical for pregnant women in the later stages of pregnancy to sleep on their stomachs, but it’s a bad idea for those in the early stages of pregnancy, too. Not only does it lead to poor sleep quality, but the resulting back and neck pain will worsen as the pregnancy develops.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, doctors recommend using a side pillow to train yourself to sleep on your side instead. DOWNLITE offers high-quality bedding products, including comforters and pillows. To browse their selection of pillows, call (866) 931-3696 to speak to one of their knowledgeable staff members. Or, visit their website for a full catalog of products.