Sleeping Tips to Help Improve Your Chiropractic Health
Have you ever woken up with back or neck pain and don’t understand why? Do you often find yourself waking up sore several days of the week? Well odds are it’s your sleeping posture that is at fault. This post from our experts at True Roots Chiropractic aims to provide you with some sleeping posture tips and help improve your daily sleeping routine.
1. Stop Sleeping on Your Stomach
Stomach sleeping is one of the more common forms of sleeping especially with younger individuals. It is normal for us to see patients that are often sleeping on their stomachs, yet this posture can lead to future spinal issues. Sleeping on your stomach can force the neck into awkward positions, which can then lead to a twisting of the spine. This twisting as a result can cause pain in your upper back and neck areas when stomach sleeping becomes a habit.
2. Understand Side Sleeping
Side sleeping is a very popular sleeping position among many individuals. According to a nationwide survey from Tempur-pedic, “54 percent of people interviewed regularly sleep in the side position.” Side sleeping posture can vary, but our recommendation is to try and remain as straight as possible. Remaining in a straight posture can be difficult for some, so if you’re struggling try using pillows between your legs as support. Also be sure to keep your arms in front of you instead of under your pillow, as this will prevent your hands from going numb and reduce the stress on your neck and shoulders.
3. Minimize Head Pillows
Did you know that one of the most common causes of morning neck pain is your pillow structure? It’s no surprise that having too many pillows causes your neck to curve upward, which as a result can create pain/stress towards your neck and shoulders. A good rule of thumb is to try to keeping your posture as flat as possible when it comes to head pillow use. Sleeping on your back with just one pillow under your head is typically the formula for good posture.
4. Try Back Sleeping
Sleeping on your back is by far one of the best resting positions for your chiropractic health, but is oftentimes a difficult habit to start for many. Keeping your spine in a neutral position is crucial, and regularly sleeping on your back is the best way to achieve this. For best practices while sleeping on your back, you should place a pillow under your knees or a rolled towel under your lower back to maintain the spine’s general curve. In general, back sleeping is definitely one of the best postures when it comes to your chiropractic health, and we would encourage everyone to try it!
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