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Which Sleep Position Should I Use?

By Stephen R. Farris

We all have at least one thing in common, sleep. Or suffering from the lack of it. We get up in the morning -- or night -- and as we start to sit up, all of a sudden there's a sharp, dull pain in the lower back area, or we grab the side of our neck because it feels stiff and sore.

We felt pretty good when we went to bed the night before, all relaxed and tired. The bed felt so comfortable, or did it really. Maybe it was because we were tired that it felt so good to our body, but in reality, the bed -- or pillow(s) -- could very well be the culprit that is robbing us from a good night of sleep.

That can change though. For one, you can talk with your local chiropractor to see what suggestions they can offer to help change your sleeping habits for the better of your back and overall health.

The other options could be to try different sleeping positions, get a better mattress or a new pillow. Typically, there are four basic sleeping positions you can try, before considering the alternative.

Flat Back

Sleeping directly on your back can help minimize your body's pressure points and everything (back, neck, spine) are in alignment. You may want to use a pillow under your knees to help with back support as well. However, this position may not be the best for people that suffer from certain health conditions, such as sleep apnea. 

On the Side

Sleeping on your side is probably the most popular sleep position that is used. But if you're sleeping on a worn out mattress, it could possibly lead to misalignment of the back and spine. You can also add support for your back by placing a pillow between your knees.

Curling Up

The fetal position is another popular sleep technique. This is great for people that suffer from a herniated disc. Plus sleeping with your knees basically in your chest, you help lessen bending of the spine and also open up your joints.

Last, but Not Least, the Belly

This position is not recommended, but people still tend to want to sleep this way. If so, then place a thin pillow under your stomach and hips to help keep the spine aligned. 

When your back and joints aren't feeling up to par, check out the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, drop in any of their nearly 500 locations nationwide.  No appointment is necessary.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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