Sure, a weighted blanket is nice. Cooling sheets? Also great. But turns out the key to a good night’s sleep is actually your sleep position.
If you’re a side sleeper, you’re in luck. Apparently, you’re already catching your Zs in the right position. For those who are loyal to resting on their stomachs or backs, flipping over may be worth a shot. Mic spoke with Dr. Robert Hayden, a Georgia-based chiropractor and American Chiropractic Association spokesperson, sleeping on your side helps to keep your spine straight and aligned. To make the position as advantageous as possible, Dr. Hayden recommends sleeping with a body pillow under your torso so that your arm and knee are supported.
But keeping your spine aligned isn’t the only benefit. Dr. Natalie Dautovich, an environmental scholar at the National Sleep Foundation who spoke with Mic adds that sleeping on your side may help prevent snoring and combat sleep apnea by keeping your airways open.
If you want to know more about why you should try sleeping on your side and the best practices for doing so, you can check out Mic‘s full article.