How do you like to sleep? If you prefer to sleep on your back then you're one of a surprising minority. Some studies claim that only 8% of the population sleeps on their backs. You might be in a minority, but you can give yourself a pat on the back (if you can reach), because experts tell us it's the healthiest way to sleep. That's because sleeping on your back lets your head, neck and spine rest in a neutral position which is great for avoiding and alleviating aches and pains.
But it's not all good news, sleeping on your back can mean you're more likely to snore and can cause lower back pain. Pregnant women are recommended to avoid sleeping on their backs because the weight of the baby can place pressure on major arteries.
If you're sleeping on your back, you'll need to make sure you have the right equipment. A good mattress - and if you fancy it, a mattress topper - are a good place to start. Choose a mattress with a medium-firmness, although if you prefer a firm sleeping surface you could opt for an orthopaedic mattress too. The firmer mattress surface will support your joints and allow your spine to rest in a good position. The right pillow is also important. Choose a relatively low profile pillow; you should aim for a pillow that supports your head and neck without pushing it forwards in an uncomfortable postion as this could lead to neck pain in the morning. If you find sleeping on your back causes lower back pain, try sleeping with a small pillow under your knees to take the pressure off your back.