It could happen everyday, your eyelids flutter, you yawn and stretch in preparation of getting out of bed when all of a sudden, it hits you: that stiff, immobile pain in your neck or upper back. We’ve all experienced waking up with a bad shoulder or sore neck from sleeping in a strange position. If you are lucky, your body will naturally work out these kinks by mid-day enabling you to go about your business. A few more drastic knots will require the aid of a professional, like one of our talented massage therapists to help get you back on track.
Since sleep is a critical component to your health and wellbeing, learning how to sleep in a position that helps better your posture and minimizes wear and tear on your body can help you get better shuteye and renew your energy levels.
Here are a few details on the top three recommended positions to sleep in:
Arguable the best position for your spine, sleeping on your back allows your back and neck to be completely flat and straight. The only downside to this position is that it exacerbates snoring as a result of your tongue obstructing your breathing passageway. If possible, back sleeping is the best neutral position for your body to relax in. Earplugs anyone?
Sleeping on your side, or in the fetal position is very common and grants the most comfort while reducing the likeliness of interrupted sleep patterns. Known to help alleviate insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation, this comfortable and curled position can help you fall asleep quicker. Just be sure to use a supportive pillow to try and keep your neck in neutral alignment with your spine.
The least popular option, sleeping on your stomach can cause pins and needles stemming from nerve pressure. However, it can help alleviate lower back pain by removing pressure on the lower discs of your spin. This sleeping position is to be avoided if possible to decrease risk of neck stiffness and potential injury