While it might seem insignificant, your sleeping position can affect your health more than you think. For a lot of people, waking up with back pain and a headache isn’t unusual. And if you’re struggling to find the cause it’s easy to start pointing fingers.
Generally speaking, sleeping on your side is considered one of the better ways to sleep. It’s balanced, keeps your spine aligned better than sleeping on your back, and is an easy position to maintain while you’re asleep. But that’s not always the case for everyone. If you’re a side sleeper and you’re still experiencing pain when you wake up, there may be something else that’s causing issues. Let’s dive in and take a look at what it could be.
What does a good sleeping position look like?
Most people sleep on their side, while some sleep on their back, and others on their front. And while there is no golden sleeping position, side sleeping is generally accepted to be the best one, followed by back sleeping and then stomach sleeping at the far back. However, good sleeping positions can look different for everyone.
A good sleep position generally means you’re comfortable and your spine is supported in its natural position, with no weird twists or bends. It also means that you won’t be putting too much pressure on any single part of your body. If you’re curled up into a ball while you sleep, tossing and turning a lot, or stretching yourself out across the bed, you could be putting your spine at risk of damage. And it’s probably why you’re waking up sore in the morning!
Can Your Sleeping Position Impact Sleep?
Oftentimes the way we sleep is what feels most comfortable to us, so the answer is likely to be ‘no’. However, just because you may be sleeping in what feels to be a comfortable position, it doesn’t mean that your spine is in a comfortable position.
The quality of your mattress and pillow can play a huge part in whether or not you have pain when sleeping. A pillow that’s too high or too low can affect your spine’s alignment, and a mattress that’s too hard or too soft can do the same.
And considering we sleep for an extensive period of time, having our spine in this poor position can contribute to your back/neck pain. In some cases, chiropractic care may be needed to help correct alignment issues caused by poor sleep positions and mattresses. In others, it’s a case of finding the right bedding equipment as well as changing sleeping position habits.
How You Can Fix It
If you’re dealing with back pain after waking up then a chiropractor may be able to help! A chiropractor can look at your sleep position and the kind of mattress you’re using, and then suggest ways to improve it. This might mean getting a new pillow or mattress or adjusting the way you sleep to make it more comfortable.
They’ll also be able to adjust your spine to help with back pain, as well as many other aches and pains that you’re experiencing. Overall, they’ll be able to give you tips on how to improve your sleep pattern and make sure you’re comfortable in bed each night.
What’s the Best Sleeping Position for Back Pain?
If you’re already facing back pain and you’re looking for a fix, try sleeping with a pillow of blanket between your knees. This can raise your leg and your spine with it, straightening it out just that little bit extra.
Sleeping in the foetal position may also help you sleep better, as it’s a more natural position for the body to be in. However, it can still cause pain for some people so it’s not a perfect solution. The only way you’re going to find out which sleeping position is best for reducing your back pain is to work it out for yourself.
It might take a bit of trial and error, but the results are more than worth it. If you’re still having trouble sleeping or finding yourself waking up in an unnatural position, a sleep specialist will be able to diagnose more serious issues and set you on a path to recovery.
And if you’re facing back pain from sleep, chiropractic care can help immensely, and it’s something to consider before trying more drastic solutions. A chiropractor can help with neck pain and back pain relief, as well as prescribe stretches and activities you can use to reduce back pain from sleeping.
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