People who suffer with back or neck pain often contribute this pain to repetitive day to day tasks such as desk work, sports, or other lifestyle habits. Chiropractic adjustments are very effective in relieving this pain but changes in our daily routine should be considered to keep the spine in its optimal shape such as the position you choose to sleep in. Over the period of our lifetime, we spend almost one-third of our lives in bed so keeping in mind the position in which we sleep is extremely important.
So what sleeping position is best?
The ideal sleeping position is one in which the spine is neutral. This would be a position in which the spine keeps its normal curve (sleeping on back or side).
Sleep on your back: Sleeping on your back is the best position for your spine. It keeps the spine in its natural s shape. Some things to remember when sleeping on your back:
- Support your neck with a pillow that has a divot (creates a curve for your neck to rest on)
- Place a pillow under your knees to protect your lower back
Sleep on your side: Some people find laying on their back to be uncomfortable. For these people we recommend side sleeping over stomach positions. When sleeping on your side, here are a few rule of thumbs to follow:
- Make sure you neck is properly supported
- Place a pillow between your legs to support the SI joint (sacroiliac).
- Keep knees at hip level or lower to prevent extension and flexion of the spine (removes the natural curve of spine)
Proper alignment of the spine is the most important thing to remember when determining a sleeping position that is right for you. Visit Dr. Tyler at Cornerstone Chiropractic for a one-on-one consultation to see how Chiropractic care can benefit you.