We all have our favorite sleeping positions, but they do not always work as well as we want them to. The American Chiropractic Association and Business Insider tell us there are good and bad ways to sleep, which stem from the way we place the head, back, arms and legs.
The best sleeping position by far is either on the back or the side, according to chiropractor, Cynthia Vaughn. It doesn’t matter if you sleep on your left or right side, unless you’re pregnant. Both of these positions support the spine and the neck creating a more restful night’s sleep, and help to prevent injuries.
Sleeping on the Back or Side is Best
When sleeping on your back Vaughn suggests putting a pillow under the knees, placing the legs in a more direct line with the lower back spine so that it’s flattened against the mattress and receives more support. Keep arms down at your side.
If you are laying on either the left or right side, it’s best to slightly bend the upside leg and place a pillow between the knees. This keeps the pelvis in a straight line and prevents unnatural twisting, according to Vaughn.
The worst position to sleep in is on your stomach. If a person is lying with the face pressed into the pillow, they will be craning their neck in order to breathe, which can begin to strain the vertebrae in the bottom part of your skull after just 15 minutes.
To break that pattern, Vaughn suggests taping an uncooked pea to the stomach at bedtime. When rolling onto the stomach, the pea acts as an irritant prompting the sleeper to turn over.
Find Out More at Your Chiropractor’s
When you first see the chiropractor, there will be a spinal adjustment to evaluate your spinal health and any pain that you are having. The chiropractor will also do a complete review of your medical history and discuss your daily activities. The goal will always be to seek pain relief and restore normal activity without medications or surgery.
Together the two of you can work through the issues and, often an ongoing treatment program or regular monitoring will be the solution. Sleeping positions may be first on the discussion list followed by other wellness questions. The chiropractor will have suggestions for exercise, diet, relaxation and stress release classes, and work modifications.
Whatever it takes to put things back in order will be your chiropractor’s target. Make an appointment now and find out more
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