time for bed. Many of us are so exhausted from
a long day that we collapse in bed, grabbing our
pillow and quickly curling into our favorite position
automatically. Although there are some people
who toss, turn, and shift from one position to
another throughout the night, most people have
a preferred sleep position. Recent studies show
that two-thirds of people enjoy side sleep.
side sleep is the most common of the positions,
it has many variations. People tend to gravitate
toward positions that are most comfortable for
them, and these positions become fairly habitual.
The director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory
Service, Chris Idzikowski writes extensively
on the subject. In his studies, he identifies
different sleeping types. There are actually three
types of side sleep.
first type of side sleep has been labeled as the
“foetus”. This name is probably derived
from the term “fetal position”. These
types of people enjoy side sleep while curled
comfortably in a semi-ball. This is the most common
of all the sleeping positions.
second type of side sleep is called “log”
position. Different from the “foetus”
position, the log sleepers do not curl into a
ball. In fact, they lay on their sides, but their
legs are more or less straight and their arms
are down at their sides.
last type of side sleep has been called the “yearner”.
Different from both the “foetus” and
the “log” position, the “log”
position is a form of side sleep, but in this
position, the sleeper lays on the side with both
arms in front.
important thing to remember if your preferred
method of sleeping is side sleep is that you need
to select the proper type of pillow. While stomach
sleepers need only to select a soft, fluffy
pillow and back sleepers need a firmer pillow,
side sleep is a bit different.
sleepers often report that they find themselves
uncomfortable. They might twist and reshape their
pillows in an effort to find the best position,
finding that their shoulders seem to perpetually
be in the way. For this reasons, special
pillows can be purchased for the sole purpose
of comfortable side sleep.
people overlook the fact that a pillow isn’t
just for cosmetic appeal or for comfort. A pillow
is important for proper support and alignment
of the back and spine. If you enjoy side sleep,
you may sometimes wake up with a sore ear or generally
achy body. This can mean that your body wasn’t
properly aligned when you were slumbering.
you visit a local store or shop online, most manufacturers
sleep pillows. Specially designed for your
sleep style, these side sleep pillows are catered
to fit your body. They cradle your head and neck
for proper spine alignment. If you’re like
most people, you cherish the value of a great
night’s sleep. Purchasing a pillow best
suited to fit your body and your sleep style can
truly make a difference in the way you sleep.
by Dr. Joseph J. Berke, M.D., Ph.D.
Discover how sleeping on The Sleep Better Pillow
can change your life.
Joseph J. Berke is an author and inventor dedicated
to helping people get a better nights rest
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