Sleeping Positions for Couples

466455253-smallWhether you spoon or sleep back to back can be an indicator of how happy or satisfied you and your partner are in your relationship. Sleeping in a pose that lets you both stay comfortable and also allows body contact helps strengthen your bond. These sleeping positions can help you snuggle up at night, as well as get better sleep all night long.

Spoon Position

This position is great for side sleepers or people with lower back pain and is a basic position for couples to sleep in. Sleeping on your side helps ease pressure on the spine and is great in the winter time because the full body contact helps keep both of you warm.

Hand Holding Position

This position provides minimal touching, but still allows for intimacy by lying on your backs and intertwining your hands next to each other. Hand holding can provide a romantic effect and neither one has to compromise the comfort of sleeping on your back. If you both prefer to sleep on your sides, face each other and hold hands for another twist on sleeping with minimal touching.

Arm Draping Position

If you or your partner exhibit different sleep positions such as you on your back or your partner on their side, consider an arm across the body position. If you’re the side sleeper, face your partner, but roll toward your back slightly to avoid waking them up with an arm that’s still asleep. Back sleepers should keep their arms by their sides, not overhead, to reduce stress on the shoulders.

Sleeping Positions And Your Health

177840546-smallHow you sleep at night can play a big role in your overall health. While getting enough sleep is very important, how you sleep also plays a big factor. Different sleeping positions can affect your back, neck and spine as well as snoring, insomnia and sleep apnea. While sleeping on your back with your arms at your side is generally considered to be the best position for your spine health, back sleepers tend to snore more and sleep apnea is strongly associated with this position.

Common sleeping positions:

Fetal position: Sleeping curled up in to a ball with your knees drawn up and your head tilted might be comfortable, but it can unfavorable for your back and neck and restrict deep breathing.

On your back, arms down: This is thought to be the best position for your spine and neck although it is also associated with snoring and sleep apnea.

On your back, arms up: Also known as the “starfish”, this position is also good for your back and may also help to prevent wrinkles and breakouts. While it can also result in snoring, having your arms up can put pressure on the nerves in your shoulders leading to pain.

Face down: While sleeping on your stomach can improve digestion, sleeping face down forces you to tilt your head to the side to breath and put a lot of strain on your neck and back as the curve of the spine is not supported.

On side: When sleeping on your side with your arms down, the spine is best supported in its natural curve. The can help reduce back pain and sleep apnea. The downside? Sleeping on your side can contribute to skin aging and wrinkles due to gravity.

Pillow-Supplemented: Regardless of which sleeping position you prefer, it’s likely you’ll get a better night’s rest with less pain by supplementing your body with a pillow. Back sleepers can put a small pillow under the arch of their spine, side sleepers and place a pillow between the knees and stomach sleepers can place a pillow under their hips.

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