Ouch! Did I Sleep Wrong?
If everything hurts in the morning when you wake up, the issue may be related to the position that you are sleeping in.
Certain sleeping positions can actually place a strain on your hips and lower back, inflaming your symptoms and create back pain. This is especially true if you have bad posture to begin with. How many of us spend our time slouched over our computers or in an office? If you have sciatica or pain in your neck and shoulders you should also consider the position of your sleep.
Sleeping on your stomach is one sleeping position that is universally bad for us. It can flatten out the natural curvature of the spine and cause discomfort as the muscles work to try and support the area to prevent it from collapsing on itself. It also forces your neck into a slightly upright position or it will be twisted to one side. Not good!
The comfort of your mattress can certainly contribute to back problems. Naturally the type of mattress you choose is a personal choice, however if your mattress does not support your back adequately, it can trigger back pain. The mattress should be firm enough to support you but soft enough to contour your body. Also choose a pillow that is relatively flat and not rounded or over stuffed.
How Should I Sleep?
#1, triple platinum, hands down, across the board, the best way to sleep is on your back. Research shows that while it’s not great for snoring, it’s pretty much amazing for everything else. It helps posture, and puts virtually no pressure on your neck, shoulders or back.
Sleeping on your side is also a good option, it can help elongate your spine and is also the best position for pregnancy. If you sleep on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees. It can help your lower back be better aligned through the night.
Because of the amount of time you spend in bed, the sleeping habits you have affect your life and your spine. The health and functioning of your spine affects your overall health. And remember, it’s not just the amount of hours of sleep that matters, but how well your body is resting so you can be your best each and every day. If you are suffering from neck or low back pain give us a call at 314-394-2093.