You always know you've had an epic sleep if you wake up in basically the same position you've gone to sleep in, and your bed remains still practically made. Thats when you know you were really tired and slept super well.
And then you've got those other sleeps, that you repeatedly wake up with the duvet (and potentially) you on the floor and you're in pain, and you know you may as well quit while you're ahead, but at the same time its still only 4am and you need sleep, and you have to be at work all day the next day and the thought stresses you out and then you really can't get back to sleep.
Well according to experts, its because you're trying to sleep in one of five of the completely wrong positions. "Fatigue, sleep apnea, headaches, heartburn, and muscle soreness are just some of the complications arising from a poor night's sleep" says Dr. Steven Park, author of Sleep, Interrupted.
To avoid this, apparently sleeping on your back is the only way and you need to really avoid these 5. (To all those wives/girlfriends/boyfriends/husbands of snorers, I am truly sorry but its Science)
1. Fetal position
Everybody's favourite - its only natural, but it’s one of the worst. Not only can it do your neck and back in, but it can also restrict breathing and airflow (fun fact)
2. Right side with your arms stretched out
This goes out to all you spooners out there. If you are a guy this will save a lot of hair in your face, if you're a girl, very sorry but its unhealthy. If you're pregnant, it can prevent and even stop blood flow to the foetus, and for everyone else it can cause heartburn, shoulder, arm, and back pain. (And pregnancy)
3. On your front
Regardless of its health negatives, if you sleep like this you're weird. And its pretty obvious it could give you neck and back pain. But aside from that, how the hell are you breathing?
For all you selfish bed hoggers out there like myself, avoid this to prevent earache from your other half if you have one. If you are single and like making the most of this by utilising all bed space; don't. It will give you neck and back pain.
5. Left side with arms stretched out.
Again spooners, dangerous. It can add pressure to your lungs, put a strain on your other internal organs and lead to forking. You have been warned.
Give sleeping on your back a go tonight, thank me tomorrow when you pounce out of bed before your alarm goes off (best feeling ever), and if you have to go out and buy some ear plugs. I'm not kidding you when I say I've never slept better. And its summer now, cuddling at night is just not necessary.