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Which Sleep Position Do You Prefer?

By Stephen R. Farris

Do you have a favorite sleep position? 

Most of us do because it's comfortable to us. Unfortunately, not all sleep positions are created equal. What I mean by this is that there are some that can be bad for our health, especially if you have conditions like acid reflux, snoring or sleep apnea. Other positions can be better on our bodies. The most common sleep position is sleeping on your side. This can help reduce lower back pain and aid with digestion.

The three most commonly used -- besides side sleeping -- positions are back, fetal and stomach. But you'd be surprised at some of the others people use. So here's a short list of some sleep positions that people have said they usually sleep in.

The Soldier

The soldier is where a person sleeps on their back, but with their arms straight down each side. According to a survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the majority of people tend to sleep in this position throughout the night and rarely change it up.


The starfish sleep position may be suitable for single people, or those who sleep on a California king size bed. Picture a starfish and a human imitating this positioning while sleeping and there's not much more to explain. You're sprawled out. And if you have a partner, this position could be annoying to them. According to the BSC survey, starfish sleepers may be more likely to sleepwalk. Either that or their partner could have pushed them out of bed and they end up walking to the living room to finish sleeping on the sofa.

The Log

Very similar to the soldier position as it, too, requires one to sleep with the arms straight down each side. So the next time you hear the phrase, "sleeping like a log," there are two truths being expressed. This position is similar to the starfish when it comes to sleepwalking. 

The Yearner

According to, the definition of a "yearner" is someone who possesses a strong desire for something. In the sleep world, it's a person who prefers sleeping on one side or the other with arms stretched out, sort of like they are always reaching for something while they're asleep.

These are just a few fun facts, but if you find yourself feeling aches and pains in your back, neck, and joints due to sleeping or from everyday life, then visit with your local chiropractor to get relief.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz.

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