Science tells us that we spend a third of our life asleep. We definitely don't spend that much time exercising or eating, so how come we never bother to learn the healthiest way to sleep?
It turns out to be a pretty complicated question, but science does have some answers about the connections between our sleep habits and our health.
The pose you pick can hurt your back, make your face wrinkly and annoy your partner, so learn a little about the health benefits of the three most common positions and be sure you're enjoying your best sleep possible.
Bad news for stomach sleepers: there's really no benefit to this position. Lying on your stomach misses the point of using a mattress, because your back isn't supported at all. Plus, stomach sleepers can injure their neck because they usually lay it to one side. On the other hand, it's harder to snore in this position.
This is the most common sleep position, and it has a lot of advantages. In this position you can stretch your legs out to take the stress off your spine, and it also prevents heartburn and acid reflux. Just be careful to flip sides every so often, to avoid damaging your organs.
Note: If you're pregnant, sleeping on your left side is great because it improves your circulation.
Click the next page to learn about 2 more common sleeping positions!