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What Position is Best for Sleeping? – Chiropractor Atlanta Ga

September 21, 2010

Sleeping positions vary and as long as you’re comfortable, there really isn’t a wrong way to sleep.  There are some positions, however, that are better than others.   For those finding it difficult to re-train their bodies into new sleeping patterns the following are ways you can achieve the most proper sleeping position that is most beneficial to spinal health.

The 3 most common positions to sleep in are:  our backs, stomach, or sides.   Although lying on our back and sides puts the least amount of strain on our spine, some of us find it difficult to break the habit of sleeping on our stomachs. If you find yourself within this category the following demonstrates proper pillow placement:

This position is NOT recommended because you are most likely turning your head to one side. By keeping your head in a rotational position for at least 6 hours you run the risk of waking up in pain.  If you can’t stop yourself from sleeping this way make sure you use a pillow beneath your pelvis to take the strain off your lower back.

For those of you who sleep on your backs you would want to place a cervical pillow behind your neck and a regular pillow under your legs for proper support of your lumbar spine.

For those of you who sleep on your sides use a cervical pillow to support your neck and place a pillow between your legs, again for maintaining proper curvature and stabilization to the lumbar  spine

Whatever you do DO NOT try this position here 🙂

It’s okay to sleep just the way you do now, as long as you’ve been waking up feeling comfortable and well-rested.  Not worrying about having to sleep “right,” may help you snooze even better.  However, if you find yourself waking up in discomfort or pain, or are unable to get a good night’s rest, a talk with your doctor would make sense

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