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Chiropractic for Side Sleepers

By Amy Silva

Everyone has a favorite position to sleep in and there are benefits and risks associated with each sleep position. It's a matter of preference as to which position is best but if your favorite is causing you discomfort, there are things you can do to get back to sleeping like a baby.

Benefits of Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side may help certain health conditions so you can get a better night's rest. It can help those with sleep apnea by making breathing easier, as well as reduce snoring in general. Sleeping on the side may reduce or even eliminate lower back pain in the average person and it's possible it could help pain in those suffering from certain chronic conditions. It could also ease digestive symptoms if you sleep on your left side versus your right.

Risks of Sleeping on Your Side

Those who suffer from heartburn or are pregnant may find that sleeping on their right side can make symptoms worse or cause pain. Changing sides and facing the left could help alleviate symptoms and discomfort. One thing to keep in mind is it's possible that sleeping on your side could cause skin issues and wrinkles as time goes on if you typically sleep on your side, and it could make existing issues worse.

Tips for Making Your Side Comfortable

If you find that sleeping on your side causes discomfort or pain in your back, neck or shoulders, consider trying these tips:

  • Support - If your mattress is the culprit, consider replacing it. Be sure you're using a pillow that is made for side sleeping, as one that is too flat could cause neck pain.
  • Positions - If your hips ache after sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your legs while you sleep. Try changing the position of your limbs such as keeping them bent or straight to see if it helps.
  • Chiropractic - See a chiropractor for an assessment.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Seeking chiropractic care if you have any sort of discomfort in your body due to sleeping is a great option. A chiropractor can make sure your body is properly aligned which can alleviate symptoms as well as help you get better rest at night. There are times your pain is due to your mattress or pillow, but other times it's due to your posture or other reasons. This is where a chiropractor can help.

Sleeping on your side has benefits and risks. If you're experiencing discomfort, seeing a professional may help. The chiropractors at The Joint are open evenings and weekends for your convenience and no appointment is necessary.

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

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