How I Finally Trained Myself to Sleep on My Back

I’ve written about the virtues of sleeping on your back before. And I’ve tried sleeping on my back—many, many times. But I always woke up scrunched into a ball on my (left) side. I attributed this aversion to back-sleeping to one thing and one thing only: It was uncomfortable. But with each passing night, I woke to see the sleep wrinkle on the left side of my face growing deeper and deeper.

Not only that, but sleeping on your back is actually incredibly beneficial for spine health, and I wanted to reap the benefits: Back-sleeping creates a neutral position for your head, neck, and spine, which can relieve pressure and balance the body. (However, if you snore or have sleep apnea, side-sleeping is preferred, as it opens the airway and keeps the tongue from obstructing it.) Is there a method on how to sleep on your back? Sure is. Keep reading to find how I finally trained myself to sleep on my back.




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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.