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Human beings exert a lot of energy in whatever errand they deal with in their daily lives, and the consequences for this is tiredness and exhaustion. However, there's a solution for this, and it is by getting enough rest. But for something so simple, sleep isn't such an easy thing. And a lot of different sleeping positions can be the cause to this.

Everyone needs rest to regain the energy they exerted for the day. But it's not every day that you wake up feeling refreshed from your slumber. Rest is more than sleeping, and it's also ensuring that your body is fully relaxed when sleeping. For this reason, sleeping positions come into play.

When you sleep, your position affects your posture. If the way you sleep doesn't fully support certain parts of your body, you could suffer from different health problems such as spine misalignment. Your posture when sleeping can also weaken areas in your body such as the neck and the back, leading to pain every time you wake up.

Moreover, sleeping positions can significantly affect the quality of your rest. You've probably experienced waking up having weird back pains that weren't there the other night. That's likely because of something that happened while you were sleeping.

In fact, sleeping positions also affect you and your personality. The way you sleep can tell a lot about your life and the way you handle things. The following are multiple sleeping positions, their pros and cons, and how they can affect you and your body.

Back Sleeping

Sleeping in this position is best in supporting your neck, back, and spine. Back sleeping is when you lay in a neutral position with your arms intact. This posture straightens your back and does not exert extra pressure in areas like the neck and spine, and you're less likely to experience unwanted pain when you wake up.

Back sleeping also leaves your head in a posture in which the pillow is intact and can help the mattress do its job in supporting your spine. Moreover, a recent study by Poljsak, et al. reveals that sleeping in your back and leaving your face out in the air can be cosmetically advantageous by producing fewer facial wrinkles.

Their study suggested that “The duration of sleep and the position of the face while resting on a pillow have a negative impact on the facial skin appearance and may lead to the formation of sleep wrinkles.”

However, back sleeping also has its disadvantages, as snoring and sleep apnea are more common when a person is sleeping in this position. As a matter of fact, researchers link back sleeping to sleep apnea. For that reason, doctors discourage this position for individuals who experience this condition.

Instead, they recommend side sleeping because, in lying face-forward, gravity forces the tongue to collapse into the airway, which can block a person's breathing. Meanwhile, side sleeping does not have this kind of effect since gravity cannot pull the tongue.

It's also good to know that sleeping in your back doesn't always mean a good night's sleep. A study which compared the sleeping habits of good sleepers and poor sleepers suggested that poor sleepers spent more time sleeping on their backs. These results show that sleeping on your back can vary by certain factors because sleeping habits may depend on each person.