The Best Sleep Position for Less Back Pain

You could be hurting your back while you slip off to Dreamland. The wrong sleeping position could be making you wake up in pain or experience pain later on in the day. Just how important is your sleeping position? Considering you spend almost one-third of your life sleeping, we would say it is pretty important.

It is easy to tell if your sleep position is not right for you. It all depends on how you feel when you wake up. Do you have energy when you wake up or are you feeling tired, stiff, and achy? Here are some tips on the best sleep positions for a better night’s sleep and less back pain.

Skip Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for you. When you sleep on your belly, your lower back is compressed and your head and neck are forced into an unnatural position. For those who are used to sleeping on their stomachs, this is a hard habit to break. You can modify your position by placing a pillow underneath your abdomen and pelvis to help your back stay in the right position.

Use a Pillow In Between Your Legs

Sleeping on your side can help relieve back pain and tension, but it is not good to sleep with one leg elevated higher than the other. This can put too much pressure on your hips. Instead, stack your legs on top of each other and place a pillow in between to help keep your hips aligned.

Use a Pillow Underneath Your Legs for Back Sleepers

If you enjoy sleeping on your back, then this can help you avoid many back pain issues too. You may want to skip your pillow or use a flat pillow, since you don’t want your head to be forced up at an unnatural angle.

You can better help your back by placing a pillow underneath your knees while you sleep. This will allow you to maintain the natural curve of your spine even while you sleep.

Good sleep is important for better health. Make sure you are drifting off to sleep in the best sleep positions for your body. Still feeling stiff in the morning? A chiropractor might help. Manual adjustments can help fix any subluxations and therefore, help you to achieve better sleep posture at night. An added bonus is that regular chiropractic care may make it easier to fall asleep at night.

 

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