Sorry, stomach sleepers. We know you love to flop face down with arms out, but experts say this is the easiest way to wake up with pain and discomfort the next morning. “Sleeping on the stomach pulls the belly down and hurts the curvature of the spine…and forces your head to turn on a 90-degree angle, which winds up placing strain on your neck,” says Breus. Cue a crick in your neck the next morning—ouch.
Score Better Sleep: Trade in those fat, fluffy pillows for a thin, firm one. It won’t prop your neck happy wheels demo up too high, allowing for a more even curvature of your spine, says Westwood. And for better circulation, Robart suggests placing a pillow or two under your pelvic region. “It’ll decrease compression on the arch of your lower back, allowing for a more natural alignment of the spine,” she says.