All you want to know about a Side sleeper
If you are a side sleeper, congratulations! You are a fan of the most popular sleep position practiced by 63% of adults. If you are still not sure what kind of sleeper you are, keep reading, you will figure it out.
Should you be a side sleeper?
Side sleepers prefer to sleep on their right or left side. They’re a versatile bunch, with all kinds of subsets including the log, the fetal, and the yearner positions.
The benefits of sleeping on your side
Research suggests that sleeping on your left side is preferable to your right. It not only makes you feel your heartbeat to get the sense of safety, but it helps decrease acid reflux, and since your spine is elongated, it wards off back and neck pain. It’s great in easing the discomfort for pregnant mums-to-be and those suffering from heartburn. Plus, you're less likely to snore in this snooze posture, because it keeps airways open. For that reason, it’s also the best choice for those with sleep apnea.
There’s no perfect sleep position for everyone
Sleeping on your side for a long time might be not suitable for young ladies; it can lead to wrinkles because half of your face pushes against a pillow. Left side sleeping can put pressure on the stomach and lungs, so it's best to switch it up. Most notably, it can lead to shoulder pain, hip pain, and back pain if your spine, neck, and hips aren’t properly aligned throughout the night. Sounds bad, right? Well, here is the good news: a Sweetnight 12-inch memory foam mattress supports the curvature of your body while still embracing the pressure points of your shoulders and hips. Other helpful side-sleeping techniques are to position a pillow between your legs and use a tall pillow that aligns your neck better with your back.
Due to your vulnerable pressure points, side sleepers are best suited to a medium, or medium soft mattress as these kinds of mattresses contour your body's natural curve and keep the spine aligned while providing maximum comfort.
How are the personalities of side sleepers?
Even though you already know you are a side sleeper, you should know more about the different types of side sleep positions; it can help you find out your personality or that of your loved one.
As a variation of the side-sleeping positions, fetal sleepers love to sleep on their side with their knees curled toward their body, especially when the body becomes cold. More than twice as many women sleep in this position than men. It seems like an unborn baby in the womb with peace and safety. People who sleep in the fetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They typically are shy when you first meet them, but they tend to open up and relax quickly.
The Log position describes sleepers that lay on their side with both arms down. Although the log sleeping position seems like a very stiff posture, the personalities of people that favor log positions are often sociable, trusting, friendly, but the downside is trusting people are known for being gullible.
The Yearner Sleep Position is sleeping with your head to the side of the pillow with knees bent, and one or both arms stretched outwards running parallel to the pillow. People who used to sleeping like yearners are believed to be open people yet suspicious and cynical. They can be quite indecisive, but once they make a decision, their mind won’t be changed.