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The Best (and Worst) Sleeping Positions

By Sara Butler

The way you sleep can have a huge impact on the health of your spine. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients each day who have problems with their back, neck, or even hips that are the direct result of their favorite sleeping position. Here are a few of the best and the worst sleeping positions you can adopt for your spinal health from your friendly neighborhood chiropractors at The Joint.

Best Positions

There are a few sleeping positions that are going to leaps and bounds (or snores and fluffy pillows) above the rest. These positions help to support your spine and leave you waking up feeling great and refreshed. These include:

  • Back sleeping with support for your knees - When you sleep on your back, you're halfway to a perfect night's rest. If you just slip a small pillow behind your knees to help give them some extra support and take the pressure off of your spine, then you've got a real winner in the healthy sleeping position category. When you do this, it allows for an even distribution of weight and keeps your spine aligned during the night.
  • Side sleeping with a pillow to support your knees - Side sleeping is another winner in the sleeping healthy category, but you can take it up a notch by using pillows to help support your hips. Slip a pillow between your knees when sleeping on your side and make sure you have a pillow that is supporting your head and neck properly. This will help your body stay in a healthy alignment all night.

The Worst Position

You knew it was coming -- the worst sleeping position for your spine (and the rest of you, too). The position you should stay away from is:

  • Stomach sleeping - If your sleeping positions made up a fairy tale, then this position would be the evil queen. That's because sleeping on your stomach is terrible for the health of your spine. It places a lot of stress and strain on the lower back as well as the neck and the shoulders. Throw in a mattress that isn't as supportive as it should be and some pillows that aren't supporting your neck and you can wake up in the morning feeling as if you've been hit by a truck instead of frolicking among the daisies in your latest dream.

If you have questions about the right sleeping position for you or want to know how to break bad sleeping position habits, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today! They can help you to figure out what position can help your spine to stay healthy and give you tips and tricks to break any unhealthy habits you may have developed that are standing in the way of a good night's sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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