Everyone needs to get enough sleep to help the body to function properly, according to the NHS.
Without enough good quality rest, it can make you feel grumpy and irritable, and you may not be working at your best.
The way you sleep could be influencing your quality of rest, and choosing the right sleep position is crucial.
For a good night’s sleep, everyone should consider sleeping on their back, it’s been claimed.
Sleeping on your back is the healthiest way to fall asleep, claimed the Alaska Sleep Clinic.
It helps to keep the head, neck and spine in a neutral position, while also reducing the risk of acid reflux.
Despite being the best way to get a restful sleep, it’s one of the least popular sleep positions, however.
“Though not the most popular position, the National Sleep Foundation found only eight per cent of Americans chose to sleep on their back,” it said.
“But guess what? It remains the healthiest. In this position, the head, neck, and spine are neutral and not in an awkward, unnatural position.
“If you tend to fight acid reflux, back is also the best position.
“The bad news for sleeping on the back is for the sleep apnoea patients causing the tongue to block the breathing tube.
“Plus, snoring is more severe when back sleeping.”
The most popular sleep position is the foetal position, but it could lead to arthritis pain or difficulty breathing, it warned.
Instead, consider sleeping on your back, or on your side. If you choose to sleep on your side, it’s best to have your arms down by your side.
That’s the best way to sleep if you have back pain, and it also helps to promote healthy digestion.
While your sleep position has a large impact on how well-rested you feel the next day, another important aspect to your bedtime routine is how long you’re asleep for.
Most people need between six and nine hours of sleep every night, and every person is different.
It’s important to keep to regular sleep hours, as this programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine, said the NHS.
You can fall asleep faster by regularly winding down before bed, it said. That can include any way of relaxing the body.
Some people find a warm bath helps them to rest better, while others prefer to write a to-do list for the next day.