Probably the last thing that crosses your mind as you lie down to sleep is the significance of your sleep position. Recently there has been a lot of buzz about how your sleep posture may be affecting the quality of your sleep. Instead of blaming your bed it may be your posture that is the culprit for your sleeplessness.
On the back:
Although sleeping flat on your back may be good for your neck, back and joints this position can worsen snoring and sleep apnea by causing your tongue to close off the airway.
On your belly:
Sleeping on your stomach worsens gastroesophageal reflux, diminishes the depth of your breathing and hyperextends your neck.
On the side:
Probably the best position is dozing on your side. This position complements the natural curvature of your spine and allows your airway to stay open as you rest.
But sleeping beauties—beware. Sleeping on your side may worsen your wrinkles as you press your face upon your pillow.
What works for you.
You should choose a sleep posture tailored to your individual needs—one size does not fit all.
How about your sleep posture—from a spiritual standpoint?
The most important position that you can embrace is not a physical one—it’s a position of surrendering control of our lives over to the Shepherd of sleep.
You can rest assured:
- Knowingthat God has removed your sins “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12).
- Trustingthat God is watching over you and working for you as you rest (Psalm 34:15; Psalm 121:4).
- Understandingthat your future is secure in His providential care (Jeremiah 29:12). You have nothing to fear or worry about—whatever you face tomorrow God has planned it for His glory and for your good.
Tonight as you prepare for rest make sure you get into the proper “spiritual” position. Resting in a clean conscious before God and man is the softest pillow that you can experience. Fall to sleep in His arms.