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May 29th, 2002

Sleep Positions

I’ve always been a side sleeper, preferring my right side. I can occasionally fall asleep on my back (or even sitting up), but it’s a rare time that I’ll sleep on my stomach. According to, 43% of us sleep on our backs, which represents calm and general well-being (though I slightly question Dribbleglass’ veracity). Side-sleeping is also popular, shows signs of a growing stress, while sleeping on one’s stomach is indicative of “hidden aggression.” Pregnant women can sleep on their back, but should do so with a wedge or pillow underneath for extra support.

Interestingly, in high school, when I’d go back to sleep in the morning, I’d sleep in the so-called “Deathwish Position,” something I always thought was odd. And I know for a fact that Pinger Robert sleeps in the second-to-last position listed on the above page.

In all seriousness, though, a surprising number of things have been written about sleep positions. There are even religious connotations to the way you sleep. For instance, many Buddhists believe that sleeping on your right side is the most harmonious way to sleep. Good news for me and my quest for nirvana!

Sleep well, Pingers.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 10:04:22 am
I often can't get to sleep unless I'm sleeping on my stomach. You guys'd better watch out for my hidden aggression!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 12:41:34 pm
I know for a fact that Pinger Robert sleeps in the second-to-last position listed on the above page.

C'mon, I needed a diaper change that night!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 1:57:42 pm
When I was younger I was never able to sleep on my stomach, or back for that matter. I always felt like I couldn't breathe when I was on my back. Now I like to mix it up, with both back and side sleeping getting a fair share. I often like to sleep with my body in the fetal position, although I try to not do it as much.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 4:51:58 pm
The best position for "sleeping" is, of course, doggy style.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2002 -- 7:35:02 pm
I tend to sleep on my back, but I developed an interesting habit: I often have to lay on my right side for at least a little while in order to fall asleep.

I very rarely sleep on my stomach. I secretly envy people who can sleep with their eyes open.

FROM: jim
DATE: Monday June 3, 2002 -- 1:16:57 am
until I injured my left shoulder in a skiing accident I slept on my left side exclusively. It took a month or so for the shoulder to heal and I learned to sleep on my right side.

I just re-read this for spelling errors and started wondering why anyone would give a fat rat's tuckus about it.
Oh well, I'll just post it anyway.

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Monday June 3, 2002 -- 5:57:15 pm
I took a cart and a reclining chair and cut them up and then bolted them together- I call it my Conchairgo. I sleep in that

FROM: King Random
DATE: Monday June 17, 2002 -- 10:35:24 pm
I tend to sleep on a futon, which is basically a big huge pillow that sits on a frame in the shape of a couch. I have a body pillow as well, and usually wedge myself between the pillow and the back of the futon. It is the only way I can get to sleep.

FROM: Adina
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 1:32:10 am
I wasn't going to comment until I read Paul's. I also have developed the habit of starting on my right side in order for me to go to sleep.

Ananda Rama May 28, 2009, 3:11 pm

The yogic sleep on the right side because this position supports the breath to flow more freely through the left nostril. The breath through the lest nostril supports activities in the body/mind that are peaceful, relaxing, sentient and in case of sleep sound peaceful deep sleep.

Lying on the left side supports the flow through the right nostril which is associated with digestion and physical activity.

If you eat late is good to lie on the left side for a while before turning over …but better not to eat too late anyway.


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