In order to get a good night’s sleep, you need to be in the right position. Sleeping diagonally is might feel comfortable, but it isn’t great if you are trying to share a bed with a partner. In this post, we will explore some of the reasons why you sleep diagonally and what you can do to train yourself to sleep ‘straight’ in bed.
How to stop sleeping diagonally
The easiest way to stop sleeping diagonally is to creat a pillow ‘barrier’ down the centre of the bed to stop you moving across. You can also use a sheet ‘wrap’ system. Read on below to find out all the ways to stop sleeping diagonally.
What does it mean when you sleep diagonally?
It doesn’t usually mean anything particularly if you sleep diagonally, except that this is the position you find most comfortable and are most used to. Sleeping habits are normally just a product of routine.
However, you might find that you are sleeping diagonally if your pillow is not suitable for you to sleep straight on, or if your mattress has become old and saggy in certain places.
Why do I sleep diagonally?
There are a few reasons people sleep diagonally. The most logical one is that it gives the sleeper more space in bed. In addition, diagonal sleeping can be tied to a feeling of luxuriousness. When you have a larger bed, you can sprawl out however you please, and sleeping diagonally is the perfect way to take advantage of all that extra space.
There are times where your bed environment can cause you to sleep diagonally. For example, if your pillow isn’t supportive enough, you might end up sleeping at an angle in order to keep your head and neck in alignment. The same goes for your mattress – an old, saggy mattress can cause you to sleep diagonally in order to stay comfortable.
Why shouldn’t I sleep diagonally?
Most people are familiar with the standard way of sleeping in a bed, which is lying down horizontally with your head at one end and your feet at the other. However, some people prefer to sleep diagonally, stretching out from one corner of the bed to the opposite corner. While this may seem like a more comfortable way to sleep, there are actually several reasons why it can be problematic.
For one thing, it can be difficult to share a bed with someone if you sleep diagonally. This is because there isn’t as much room for both of you to stretch out, and you may end up disruptive each other’s sleep as you toss and turn.
Furthermore, sleeping diagonally often results in one person being closer to the edge of the bed than the other, which can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if you roll off in your sleep.
Ultimately, then, it’s best to stick to sleeping horizontally if you want to get a good night’s rest, particularly if you are wanting to sleep in the same bed as your partner.
How can you correct your sleeping position?
If you want to start sleeping straight on the bed, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier.
Make a pillow barrier
First, try using a body pillow to help support your back and keep you in position. You can also use smaller pillows to prop up your head and neck so that they’re aligned with your spine.
If you don’t have a body pillow you can use regular pillows to draw a ‘line’ down the bed to keep you from moving.
Replace your neck pillow
Did you know that one of the most common reasons for sleeping diagonally is that your pillow isn’t supportive enough? This causes you to move around in the night to try to get in to a comfortable position, often leading you to that diagonal position on the bed.
To fix this, try replacing your old pillow with a new one that offers more support. This will help to keep your spine aligned and support your neck and head, making it much less likely that you’ll end up sleeping diagonally.
Read also: Should your shoulders be on your pillow when sleeping?
Use sheets to wrap yourself in place
If you are struggling to stay on one side of the bed, you can also use a sheet ‘wrap’ system to keep yourself in place. This involves wrapping the sheet around your body so that you are cocooned in place and can’t move around as much.
To do this, start by lying down on your bed in the position you want to sleep in. Then, take one end of the sheet and wrap it around your body, tucking it in on the other side. Repeat this process until you are fully wrapped up in the sheet and can’t move around easily.
This method may take some getting used to, but it will eventually help you to keep still throughout the night so that you can sleep without moving around.
Experiment with different sleeping positions
If you find that you just can’t seem to stop sleeping diagonally, it may be worth experimenting with different sleeping positions. For example, some people find that sleeping on their side is more comfortable than sleeping on their back.
Some people prefer to sleep in the fetal position, whilst others are stomach sleepers. Ultimately, the best sleeping position is the one that suits you and allows you to get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re not sure what position suits you best, it may be worth trying out a few different positions until you find one that feels comfortable.
Read also: Does sleeping on your back make your butt flat?
Get a bigger bed
Just can’t stop sleeping in bed diagonally whatever you do? If you don’t want to take up the entire bed then you might consider actually getting a bigger bed to allow room for your partner to sleep, whilst still remaining a diagonal sleeper yourself.
Sleep in separate beds
Of course, sleeping in separate beds will also give your partner the space they need, whilst you have a whole bed to yourself!
Read also: How to sleep in a twin bed with a partner
Conclusion: How to stop sleeping diagonally
Sleeping diagonally is often uncomfortable for both people in the bed, and can even be dangerous if one person rolls off the edge. In this article, we’ve outlined a few ways that you can stop sleeping diagonally and get a good night’s sleep. If you’re struggling to make the transition, try using a body pillow to support your back, or experiment with different sleeping positions until you find one that works for you. Ultimately, the best way to stop sleeping diagonally is to find a position that is comfortable for you and allows you to get a good night’s sleep.