For something so simple, sleep isn’t always such an easy thing to do. Both too little and too much time dozing has been linked to a host of health problems and even the position you rest in can affect your body. You may not put too much thought into which way you curl up and drift off each night, but your sleeping position can play a major role in the health of your spine. Read on to see if you should switch it up in bed:
You’ll earn points from our Stoke on Trent chiropractor if you’re a back sleeper. Snoozing in this position is great for your spine and neck health, because your back is straight and not forced into any contortions. Sleeping on your back will also help your mattress to do its job of supporting your spine. In a chiropractor’s dream world, everyone would sleep on their backs without a pillow, as this position leaves the neck in a neutral position. Using too many pillows can also make breathing more difficult.
Sleeping on your tummy is widely regarded as the worst sleeping position for your back because it flattens the natural curve of the spine which can lead to long-term back pain. Sleeping all night with your head turned to one side can also harm your neck. If being on your belly is the only way you can nod off, try using pillows to gradually train your body to sleep on one side. You can also place a pillow beneath your hips and lower abdomen to give the lower part of your spine a boost.
Whether it’s curled up in the foetal position or straight out like a plank, most people end up sleeping on their sides at one point or another during the course of the night. However, sleeping in this position can cause that weird arm numbness that most of us have experienced. While having to pick up your left arm with your right arm may seem like nothing more than a temporary annoyance, experiencing regular arm numbness can actually affect nerves and muscles.
Remember that in order for it to work optimally, your spine needs your tender, loving care day and night. Snuggle down in the wrong position and you may be sleeping on a problem that could end up keeping you awake in years to come!
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From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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