When it comes to back or neck pain, we likely consider our posture and rarely attribute it to the way that we sleep. However, research shows that certain sleeping positions can have positive and negative effects on our spinal health.
Let’s break down some of the most common sleeping positions and how they impact the spine:
- Fetal: The fetal position is by far the most common sleeping position, especially for women. Although it is popular, the position produces uneven distribution of weight which can potentially result in stiffness and soreness in the joints. Using a pillow between the legs can decrease this chance of pain. This position is good for pregnant women as it creates the most support for the abdomen.
- Freefall: This position is where individuals lie on their stomach with their heads turned to their side and their arms wrapped around their pillow. This is one of the worst sleeping positions for the spine as it keeps the neck in a twisted position all night which can lead to muscle strains. We suggest keeping your head straight on a firm pillow to alleviate some of the pain caused by twisting the neck.
- Soldier: With the soldier position, individuals lie down on their back with their arms close to their body. This is one of the best positions to sleep in for your spine since it allows for equal distribution of weight while being relaxed. It avoids any unnatural curves in the body. We recommend using a pillow on the head so that all body parts are aligned.
Small adjustments like changing your sleeping position or adding in new pillows can have HUGE effects on your spinal health in the long run. What position do you sleep in? If you are curious about how your sleeping habits can affect your spine, schedule a FREE consultation and talk with us today. We will create a customized plan to fit your chiropractic needs.