hen you slip into bed each night, what position do you prefer? Perhaps you cosy up on your left or right side, or maybe you prefer the foetal position. Or do you relax on your back or front?
Studies are finding that your sleep position can effect everything from the type of dreams you have and whether you snore to back and neck pain and the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Here, we look at the pros and cons of the most common sleep positions. security so it can help shrug off stress. Dr Chris Idzikowski from the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in the UK has studied sleeping positions and personality, and says people who favour the foetal position – mostly women – tend to have a tough exterior but can be shy.
“Often when we are curled up we clench our hands and that creates pressure on our carpal tunnel,” says Dr Andrew Lawrence from the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition affecting the hands and fingers, and is caused by compression of a major nerve in the hand and wrist. So if you like to sleep like a baby, keep your hands loose.