The way you sleep at night is so important. If you can train yourself to use healthy sleep positions, you’ll get a better night’s sleep and all the health advantages that come with it. Many don’t realize that chiropractors can help with sleep issues. But, it’s true! In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly one-third of people who have undergone a chiropractic adjustment say they experience an immediate improvement in sleep.
Evaluation of Common Sleep Positions:
- Back sleepers rule. Most experts agree that sleeping on your back with no pillow under your head is the ideal position. This allows your spine to maintain its three natural curves at the lower and middle back and near the neck. It also encourages deep breathing.
- Side sleepers can also sleep well. Many studies confirm that the fetal position is the most popular, especially among women. It can be relatively healthy if you use pillows and stretches. This will compensate for any tendency to press on nerves by resting your head on your arm or to twist your lower spine by hiking one leg up too high.
- Stomach sleepers may be in for a rough time. Sleeping on your stomach puts a lot of strain on your back and neck. It also compresses your lungs, making it difficult to breathe correctly. Even if it feels comfortable, you may wind up with chronic aches and pains. Over 75% of the patients we see in the office attribute their pain to their sleeping position or notice that their pain levels impact their quality of sleep.
How to Train Yourself in Healthier Sleep Positions:
- Get motivated. Sleeping well is vital to your health and well-being. Keep these benefits in mind:
- Avoid aches and pains. Just by modifying your sleep position, you can help reduce your risk for chronic headaches and pain in your lower back and neck.
- Breathe better. Lying on your back automatically helps you to draw full breaths from your diaphragm. You can wake up feeling more refreshed and have more energy all day.
- Improve your sleep for free. There’s no charge for learning to sleep on your back. With a little effort, you may be able to avoid buying expensive mattresses and other sleep aids.
- Practice lying on your back. It’s easy and it’s good for you. Lying on your back helps to keep your spine in alignment. Just lie down for 10 minutes or more. Make sure the back of your head and shoulders touch the mattress. Slip a rolled up towel under your neck or use a small neck-roll pillow.
- Try to fall asleep on your back. If you want to convert to sleeping on your back, try starting out on your back when you get into bed. If you’re very tired, you may find it easy to fall asleep in that position and start making it a habit.
- Try to stay on your back. Even if you want to sleep on your back, you may wind up changing positions while you’re slumbering. Just return to lying on your back as often as possible. You can also put pillows or rolled up blankets alongside your body to help keep you in place.
- Use pillows to modify any sleep position. The strategic use of pillows can make any position healthier. When sleeping on your back or side, put a pillow between your knees to take any strain off your lower back. Hugging a full-length body pillow can help stomach sleepers learn to sleep on their sides.
- Do some stretches when you get out of bed. Everyone can benefit from doing at least 10 minutes of stretches when they first get up. Target your neck and shoulders or any area of discomfort. Reach out if you need an update to your program. We’re happy to help!
Position yourself to sleep well and suffer less aches and pains. You spend about one-third of your life sleeping, so use the time wisely. With some simple changes in your sleep position, you can wake up feeling refreshed with an excellent source of energy throughout the day. If you or someone you love isn’t sleeping well make sure to schedule a consultation today!