Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Your Stomach
By Sara Butler
Maybe you’ve not put much thought into the position you sleep in at night, but if you care about your spinal health, then it’s something you need to start thinking about! How you sleep can have a big impact on your spine and many other vital systems in your body. If you’re sleeping in an unhealthy position for hours at a time, then it can eventually impact your overall health and your quality of life. Here’s why you need to avoid sleeping on your back, even if it’s a hard habit to break!
How It Impacts Your Back
Sleeping on your stomach might feel like a natural position, but it’s not a natural position for your spine. You may be causing some pretty significant problems for you back by sleeping this way. When you sleep on your stomach, it puts pressure on your lower back and flattens out its natural curve, leading to stiffness, soreness, and pain down the line.
How It Impacts Your Neck and Shoulders
Your neck and shoulders are other areas negatively impacted by stomach sleeping. When you sleep on your stomach, you are forced to turn your head to one side in order to breathe. Placing your neck in this position for hours on end is detrimental to the alignment of the bones in your neck and is sure to lead to joint dysfunction and restriction in the joints there.
This condition can also cause problems if you use pillows that hold your head too high. This can cause an unnatural extension of the neck that places pressure on the muscles and nerves, leading to tightness, stiffness, and soreness in the shoulders and neck.
If you’re a stomach sleeper and you’re experiencing pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders, or lower back, then you need to try and make a change. It can be difficult, but your chiropractor is here to help with practical advice to help make the process a bit easier. Remember to use pillows to your advantage as you try to train yourself to sleep in a new way since they can help make it impossible for you to revert to stomach sleeping even once you’re asleep.
If you have questions or concerns about stomach sleeping, discuss them with your chiropractor the next time you come to see us at The Joint Chiropractic!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.