Most of us don't think twice about the way we sleep — we just get into bed and find a position that's comfortable. However, the way you orient your body is important, as there are a number of sleep positions that affect your health. Changing the way you sleep can not only help improve the quality of your rest but help prevent other health issues such as muscle aches and pains.
"Sleep positions are a very personal thing," Dr. Robert Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute, tells Bustle. "Side, back, and stomach each take a different toll on the body, and each has a different effect on individuals. Many people visit doctors each year for idiopathic pains, meaning they have no injury or illness, but are feeling pain specifically in this case, throughout their shoulder and hip. Most of the time this is linked to our sleep positions."
To combat these pains, it is a good idea to try and find the best position that relieves stress on your body. It might take some time to train yourself to sleep that way, but it will be worth it. Here are six sleep positions that can cause harm to your health, according to experts.