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Improve Your Sleep Posture

By Sara Butler

You spend about a third of your life sleeping. That’s roughly 229,961 hours over the course of the average lifetime. Don’t you think the posture in which you spend all of those hours can have a pretty big impact on your health? You don’t just need to maintain proper posture when you’re standing and sitting, you need it when you’re sleeping too. Here are a few tips to help you spend your slumber in a position that will help keep your back healthy!

Side Sleeping

If you’re a side sleeper, congratulations! Most people favor sleeping on their side and it’s actually a position that can be healthy for your back because it’s easy to maintain a neutral spine. Side sleeping helps to elongate your spine and it also decreases the chances that you’ll snore.

The problem with side sleeping is it can be bad for you back if you don’t use additional support. The inclination when you sleep on your side is to twist slightly in order for your upper leg to rest on the bed. This rotation, no matter how slight, puts a strain on your pelvis and lower back. This can easily be remedied by putting a pillow between your knees as you sleep to offer some support and keep your spine aligned.

Back Sleeping

Sleeping on your back is pretty ideal as far as the health of your spine is concerned. It’s very easy to maintain a neutral spine in this position, but if you’re a snorer it’s probably not the best option.

If you do sleep on your back, offer it some support by placing a pillow under your knees as you sleep. This will help to ensure your spine stays in its most optimal and neutral position as you snooze.

Stomach Sleeping

This position is, without a doubt, the worst for the health of your back. It puts a lot of stress and strain on your spine and makes it impossible to keep your spine in a neutral position. This position often leads to pain, discomfort, and numbness in your legs, arms, back, and pelvis. The reason this is such a bad position is because it forces you to turn your neck in order to be able to breathe; keeping your neck in this position for hours on end is terrible for it.

If you are a stomach sleeper, talk to your chiropractor about ways in which you can make this position less damaging to your spine or how you can break the habit of sleeping in this position once and for all!

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