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3 Best Sleeping Positions for Your Back

By Virginia Laird

Quality sleep is an issue everyone faces at one point or another. Are you getting enough sleep? Is your sleep a restful sleep? These are questions that may run through your head as you are exhausted and trying to figure out how to make your sleep a little better.

Any chiropractor will offer great sleep advice. This advice often begins with a discussion of your sleep positions. Your chiropractor can also provide advice on pillow and mattress selections as well. The three most advised sleep positions for helping keep your back in line are:

  • On your back
  • Starfish
  • On your side

Sleeping on Your Back

The No. 1 most recommended position for sleep is on your back. Sleeping on your back allows your head, neck and back to naturally adjust to its natural position. It also puts the least amount of stress on your body. If you aren’t a back sleeper, you may decide to try this position. You may eventually find that you are able to get a more restful sleep.

Utilizing the Starfish Position (Back with Arms Up)

This is another back position that allows your body to reach its optimal relaxation. This is also a position that allows your body to be aligned. Your head and neck will notedly be restored to its proper alignment as well as your spine. It is worth noting that this sleep position can help you slip into a deeper sleep and can cause snoring to occur.

Side Sleeping is Another Option

If sleeping on your back is out of the question for you, sleeping on either side is still better than on your stomach. It is important in this position to have pillows to prop in different places to help keep your spine in place. You will need to begin with a pillow for your neck. Many people may choose a pillow that elevates the head, but in reality, it needs to be in simple alignment with the neck. Another pillow placement while sleeping on your side is between your knees. This placement helps to relieve any stress that may be on the spine. Though this may seem like a lot of extra pillows, you will soon find that your sleep has improved.

If you are looking to improve your sleep, visiting with your chiropractor can help. With over 370 locations nationwide, finding a chiropractor to help you get started is as easy as stopping by. No appointment is necessary.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.


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