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It's Worse to Sleep on This Side of Your Body, Says Science

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If you obsess about sleep, you already know that there are good and bad positions you should be use in bed. The worst sleep position of all? It's sleeping on your stomach (without a pillow underneath your midsection for support). "This position puts the most pressure on your spine's muscles and joints because it flattens the natural curve of your spine," observes Raymond J. Hah, MD , a  spine surgeon  at USC. "Sleeping on your stomach also forces you to turn your neck, which can cause neck and upper back pain." As for the good positions for sleep, many leading health experts will rightly tell you that you could do far worse than to sleep on your side. (More on this later.) But if you're a dedicated side sleeper—and good for you, if you are—science has shown that you'd be wise to avoid sleeping on one side of your body, and for several health reasons. Curious to know more? Read on to learn everything you need to know, and for some great ways to sl