Sleep is an essential part of achieving a state of wellness but unfortunately it isn’t all that easy to get quality sleep. We’ve all woken up with a sore neck or achy back from sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Oftentimes this posture alignment issue will self correct in a day or two but in difficult cases, it may take a trip to the chiropractor or massage studio to help your muscles release their tense position.
In order to receive the best sleep possible, it’s important to learn how to relax and allow your muscles to release tension or knots at the end of each day to prevent posture issues or bodily aches and pains. In fact, how you sleep can have different ramifications for how your body feels! Research shows that the position that you sleep in can actually have dramatic effects on how well you sleep. Here’s a bit more about the normal sleep positions and how the posture of them can make or break your shuteye time:
Sleeping on your side is considered the most neutral position for your body to relax in. It also happens to be the most common! This position enables you to achieve fewer interruptions to your sleep patterns and is great for those that suffer from back issues. When bolstered with a pillow between your knees to align your back and hips, it can help to alleviate insomnia and reduce chronic sleep deprivation. Several different variations of side sleeping positions include the log, fetal, and yearner positions.
Next up is the least popular position, sleeping on your stomach. This position is responsible for a whole host of issues in the neck and back area and is also known to promote restlessness and place undue pressure on your nerves houses in your spinal column. The only positive aspect of being a stomach sleeper is that it can alleviate lower-back pressure and help reduce strain on the lower discs in your spine.
An all-time favorite, sleeping on your back is the best position for your spinal alignment. However, a word of caution is that it can exacerbate snoring! The two back sleeping positions that are most common are the soldier and the starfish. The soldier position is when you lay on your back with your arms down by your sides and the starfish is, just as it sounds, with your arms out taking up as much of the bed as possible. (Note: this is not a popular option when sharing a bed!)
As sleep plays such a critical role in your physical and emotional wellbeing, it’s important to prepare yourself for a good night’s rest by eating well, taking part in regular physical activity, and self-nurturing contributions like massage to ensure that you get the best shut-eye and wake up feeling refreshed each and every day.