Sleep is essential to health. Lack of sleep can affect your energy, mood, memory, appearance, even you ability to manage your weight! Sleep deprivation can cause accidents and increase your risk of diabetes and heart problems. It kills your sex drive and ages your skin.
Furthermore, the way you sleep can impact not only how well you sleep, but also how your body feels when you wake up. Lying in bed in the wrong position can make it harder to fall asleep and get restful sleep AND cause back problems, including back pain and poor posture.
Luckily, chiropractors can tell you how to sleep in order to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling good. The best chiropractors know not only how to help with back pain, but also the best sleep positions to prevent it! Here’s what chiropractors and other body specialists have to say about the best and worst sleeping positions.
Best Sleep Positions
The American Chiropractic Association recommends sleeping on your side or back. Fitness Magazine agrees, stating that sleeping on your back is often best unless you’re a chronic snorer. This position minimizes back pain; “weight is evenly distributed on your spine,” so your hips and shoulders aren’t under undue strain, and your neck isn’t at an awkward angle. This position is also best for reducing acid reflux. Furthermore, the Huffington Post points out that sleeping on your back also minimizes wrinkles. Next best is on your left side, which Fitness Magazine recommends because of the benefits to circulation. Unfortunately, this position can cause hip and shoulder pain.
The American Chiropractic Association also recommends sleeping with a pillow between your legs if you sleep on your side to balance out the distribution of weight (and alleviate the chances of the aforementioned hip and shoulder discomfort), and with a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back. These positions are the best for minimizing back pain. Picking the right mattress and using a good pillow are also key to a good night’s sleep.
Worst Sleep Position
So now you know the best positions to sleep in, but what about the worst? The American Chiropractic Association advises against sleeping on your stomach if you want good posture and don’t want to suffer from back pain. The twist in your neck and the poor curvature of the spine in this position make it the least healthy position to sleep in. Fitness Magazine concurs and adds that, while not as bad as sleeping on your stomach, lying on your right side isn’t ideal either, as this position “constricts your rib cage and strains your lungs.” Sleeping with one leg up can also cause problems, as the uneven pressure can cause damage to your back.
Helping Your Back Feel Better, When You’re Asleep and Awake
If you’ve tried sleeping in the recommended sleeping positions and still wake up with back and/or neck pain, a chiropractor can help figure out the source of your problem and recommend and administer appropriate treatment options. Chiropractors can help with ailments as diverse as whiplash and spinal stenosis, as well as back pain issues from overuse and misalignment.
If you’re looking for a chiropractor in or near Charlotte, Illinois, consider Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center.
Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. Alec Khlebopros, practices a wealth of services, treatment options, and procedures that help to restore patients to their healthy selves.
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