Two side sleepers or people with lower back pain Sleeping on your side helps ease pressure on the spine, making this a good position for couples with back problems, says Todd Sinett, D.C., co-author of The Truth About Back Pain. Bending your knees and sticking a small pillow between them will also keep you from waking up with a stiff back and legs.
You love to cuddle; he complains that full-body contact makes him heat up like a toaster oven. With this setup, he gets space while you get skin-on-skin benefits. The stomach sleeper should place a small pillow under his tummy to take pressure off his back, Boden says.
If you’re the side sleeper, face your partner, but roll toward your back slightly to avoid waking up with an arm that’s still dead asleep. Back sleepers should keep their arms by their sides, not overhead, to reduce stress on the shoulders, says Scott D. Boden, M.D., a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta.
Two back sleepers don’t have a lot of opportunity for snuggling, but a simple brush of the hands or a game of footsies can keep you connected. Facing each other makes this pose more romantic, Thomas says. “The daily last-glimpse exchange of drowsy eye contact creates closeness.”