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The Best Positions For Painless Sleep

My very favorite purchase during this pregnancy thus far has been a gigantic, fluffy, c-shaped body pillow. My husband hates it because it takes up the majority of the bed but, seriously, it has saved me from endless nights of tossing and turning uncomfortably. There is little that is worse than waking up in the morning and having a sore neck from sleeping in an awkward position. For the rest of the day, your rmobility is limited and nothing you do relieves you of the bothersome pain. If this sounds familiar, here are some tips for beneficial sleeping positions for you to try: 

#1: If you are experiencing lower back pain... 

...sleep on your back with something propped under your legs and lower back. Consider getting a foam wedge specifically for this reason. Sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, the host of the upcoming podcast Secrets to Sleep Success,  says, "by raising the legs at the knees, you can actually pull all the weight off the pelvis. And by increasing the height of torso between 17 and 20 degrees, you can absolutely neutralize any low back strain". Another sleep position option to help mitigate lower back pain is to lay in the fetal position, on your side, with your knees pulled up to your torso. According to Breus, this can help to lubricate and rehydrate the disks in your lower back. 

#2: If you are experiencing shoulder and/or upper back pain... 

...sleep on your back with one pillow that is practically flat. If you are using a pillow that contains too much stuffing, or using multiple pillows, then you are pushing your chin into your chest and, most likely, straining your upper back and shoulders.

#3: If you are experiencing neck pain... 

...sleep with a memory foam pillow, which are designed to specifically mold to and support the neck when sleeping on your back, side, or stomach. Breus explains, "These special pillows — some people refer to them as wave pillows, others call them cervical pillows — have a form to them, which enables you to press up on the back of the neck to allow the head to slightly tip backward". 

If you are experiencing any sort of chronic pain from your sleeping habits, you should also consider seeking out chiropractic care. Through spinal manipulation, your Doctor of Chiropractic can help to minimize the pain that you are feeling. Consider stopping into the nearest The Joint location for all of your chiropractic needs!


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