Personally, I’ve never been a belly sleeper but it seems that there are a lot of people out there who are. The Huffington Post recently reported that sleeping face-down may be more harmful to our bodies than we think. In a video created by Shawn Stevenson, author of Sleep Smarter, he says that “your sleeping position determines the integrity of your spine, blood flow throughout your body and even digestion.”
Although sleeping on your stomach can be a quick fix for snoring, this can be the position that really puts your spine out of alignment. “If you’re laying flat on your belly with your head smashed into the pillow, chances are, you’re going to end up with some neck problems. It can also be an issue with your skin, smashing your face down for hours can create some early onset wrinkling and acne as well.”
It may feel impossible to change how you’re programmed to sleep but Stevenson assures that this can be changed. Watch the video to see the pros and cons of other sleeping positions that may be beneficial for back pain (lying on your left side with a pillow between your legs).