How do you sleep? Whether you curl up into a ball or snooze tummy down, sleeping positions are probably not the first thing you think about when you hit the hay. But the different ways we position our bodies for sleep can have profound impacts on our health, let alone our quality of sleep. Think of it as how maintaining the right form during exercises can prevent injuries — poor sleeping positions may lead to severe musculoskeletal strain, night-time awakenings, and even increased risks of chronic health conditions like heart disease.
We consulted with Vanessa Wong, a physiotherapist at Orchard Health Clinic, to learn more about the impact of sleeping positions on our health. Use the handy cheatsheet below for Vanessa's tips on adopting a recommended sleeping position that's right for you, or read on for more details!