Getting the Best Posture When You Sleep
Posted by Eileen Pelletier on May 14, 2016. 0 Comments
Aches and pains in the neck and back are some of the most common complaints in chiropractic care. Although stress, exercise injuries and other conditions can lead to chronic back and neck pain, poor sleep posture is a major contributor.
A bad night of sleep causes more than discomfort the next day — it can also lead to cognitive impairment, irritability and even depression. If you have chronic discomfort in your back or neck, and you believe poor sleep posture may be the cause, Dr. Jason Crist of Crist Chiropractic & Wellness can help.
How Sleep Position Affects Your Neck and Back
Your sleep position can harm or enhance your health. Stomach sleepers often find themselves feeling sore or achy because the spine is not properly aligned for long periods of time. This leads to pain and numbness in the back, neck, legs and pelvis. Placing a pillow underneath your pelvis during sleep may reduce these symptoms.
Side sleeping is the most popular position. It is also fairly healthy, because it naturally elongates your spine and makes you less likely to snore. Avoid twisting your body to place your top leg on the mattress as this can cause lower back and shoulder pain. Placing a pillow between your knees while on your side reduces stress on your lower back.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may prefer sleeping on your back. The good news is that back sleeping is the healthiest sleep posture overall. The bad news is that back sleeping frequently leads to snoring. A pillow placed under your knees keeps your spine in a neutral position.
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