4 Sleep Positions for Your Spine
By Brandi Goodman
Your spine can suffer when you sleep if you're lying in a strange position or have a lumpy mattress. Making some changes to your sleeping habits -- and your bedroom -- can help make your sleep more sufficient for your spine. Give some changes a try and see how much better you wake -- no pain necessary.
Change the Way You Sleep
It may be easier said than done, but changing up the way you sleep can make a big difference. If you've been sleeping on your stomach and waking up in pain, you need to switch to a back position or sleep on your side. In both cases, it's wise to use an extra cushion to help make the position stick. For instance, place a wedge pillow between your knees when you're on your side, or underneath them when you're on your back. It will keep your spine aligned and help you avoid discomfort.
Get a New Mattress (But Not Just Any Mattress)
No one should ever go more than eight years without buying a new mattress. After all this time, it's bound to be worn out, lumpy, and uncomfortable. Don't just buy the cheapest one you can find, though. It may not suit your spine from the beginning. You need to find a mattress with the correct level of firmness for you. Everyone is different. Visit a mattress store and see if you can try a few out to discover the most comfortable option.
Get a Chiropractic Pillow
A pillow needs regular changing as well. You should actually switch your pillow out for a new one every year or so. They get flat and unsatisfactory quickly. A chiropractic pillow can help keep your neck and spine in place so you can wake up without aches in your shoulders or upper back.
Stretch Well Before Bed (and Upon Waking)
Stretching can offer significant relief to your spine and other joints. If you're already attempting to go to bed with stiff joints, you aren't likely to feel much better when you wake. Stretch your body out well before bed, and then stretch some more once you wake. It's wise to sit up and stretch a bit before you even attempt to step a foot on the floor.
Your sleeping habits matter. If you're waking in pain more often than not, then some changes are definitely in order. Waking up feeling well-rested and ache-free can help you have a more enjoyable and productive day.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntsville, Ala.