Are you a back-sleeper?

Pros and cons of sleeping on your back

Around 10% of the population find sleeping on their back to be the most comfortable position in bed.

Our SleepX investigators explored different sleeping positions and came up with the ‘hottest topics’ around how we sleep.

What does your back-sleeper position say about your personality?

Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, reckons he can tell a lot about people based on their favourite sleeping position.

If sleeping on your back is your preferred position, you could be either a ‘starfish’ or a ‘soldier’.

  1. Soldier – where people lie on their back, both arms alongside their body. Around 8% of people sleep in this position. Soldiers are often reserved, good listeners and hold themselves and others to a high standard.
  2. Starfish – just like the sea creature, people in this category lie on their back with their arms and legs spread out. Starfish account for around 5% of the population. Typically, starfish are free-thinkers. They’re relaxed and peaceful people. They like a bit of space, hate crowds, and avoid being the centre of attention.

Do back-sleepers snore more than others?

Does your partner complain that your snoring is keeping them awake?

According to Snore Australia, when you sleep on your back, the throat muscles relax, and your tongue falls into a position that blocks your airway.

Loud or chronic snoring can disrupt the sleep-quality of the snorer and disturb others.

Snoring can also be associated with the more serious health condition obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA can lead to excessive daytime tiredness, fatigue and poor concentration. It can also increase the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, type-2 diabetes, depression, impotence, mood disorders, and motor vehicle and industrial accidents.

How can back-sleepers avoid back-ache?

There are many factors that cause back-ache, including how you sleep in bed. To avoid back-ache and get a good night’s sleep, you need to support your spine and keep it in alignment.

For back-sleepers, placing a pillow under your knees can help the alignment of your spine. Or roll-up a small towel and place it under the small of your back.

Can sleeping on your back reduce wrinkles?

It’s true. When you lie on your back, you avoid pressing your face against the pillow or mattress. This reduces the direct pressure on your face, leading to fewer wrinkles on your forehead and cheeks. So for back-sleepers, when they talk about ‘beauty sleep’, they really mean it!

Is sleeping on your back advisable if you’re pregnant?

Unfortunately for pregnant women, back-sleeping is not the best position. Recent UK research, has led The Australian College of Midwives to urge pregnant women to sleep on their side because it halves the risk of stillbirth. It’s particularly important to avoid sleeping on your back in the third-trimester.

What’s the best mattress for a back-sleeper?

Whatever your sleeping position, your mattress can make or break a good night’s sleep. The perfect mattress is one that’s both comfortable and supportive.  

For most back-sleepers, a firm or medium firm mattress is the best pick. If you’re waking up most mornings not feeling rested, it could be time to update your mattress. A good quality mattress lasts up to 10 years. After that time, you’re often not getting the support you need.

What’s the best pillow for back-sleepers?

If you’re a back-sleeper, our advice it to choose a good quality pillow that contours to the shape of your head and neck.

Back-sleepers typically benefit from a pillow with a low to medium profile. This will help keep your head flat and in line with the spine.

Our therapeutic pillows come in three sizes and they’re guaranteed for 5 years. 

With SleepX, you get value, comfort and quality. Not to mention delivery convenience – if you order by 2pm in a major metropolitan area, you’ll have your mattress delivered within 4 hours – in time for bed.