Some sleep positions can lead to a better night’s sleep since the body may be able to breathe better. When the body is in alignment, it rests more comfortably. Sleep position studies reveal the position one takes in sleep relates to the person’s personality type. Changing a sleep position is difficult since one does not do this at a conscious level but if one has health concerns or just wants restful sleep, it may be worth the hard work to change to a new sleep position.
Take notice of the sleep position you currently employ. This is not the position you automatically assume when you get into bed but rather the position your body takes just before you drop off to sleep.
Look at the different sleep positions (see Resources below) and pick the one that offers the requirements you are seeking. If you already sleep in that position, there may not be any reason to change.
Start using the position that you chose. When you get into bed relax, then move to that position. Note if your body automatically changes to the previous position when you drift off to sleep.
Continue to place yourself in the desired position each night when you get into bed. The body will begin to recognize that you want it to sleep in a different position and should respond to your attempts to change position.
Reposition yourself when you wake up at night. Any time you are sleeping and realize you have reverted to the old position, place yourself in the new position until the body becomes accustomed to sleeping in this new position.
Try using pillows to keep yourself in your new position. Prop the pillows around your body, making it difficult to change positions unconsciously.
Expect this to be difficult to achieve. Research states that less than five percent of people change their sleep positions (see Resources below). However, with time and repeated attempts to make this change, you should be able to accomplish it.