I often receive questions about sleeping positions. That’s a good question, because how you sleep really can affect your alignment. Depending on your sleeping position, your choice could potentially contribute to pain and other issues.
The best way to sleep is on your back, with your head supported by one thin, firm pillow. In this position, everything is aligned from the top down. As a chiropractor, this is the sleeping position I would recommend.
Your second best option is to sleep on your side. If you prefer to sleep on your side, there are ways to properly support your alignment so that this position is acceptable. Place a pillow between your knees to support your lower back and keep everything aligned properly.
Of course, you might roll from side to side throughout the night, and this is normal. You’re not expected to remain in the same position all night.
Finally, the third sleeping position is the stomach position. The American Chiropractic Association strongly recommends against stomach sleeping, and I agree. When you sleep on your stomach, with your head turned all the way to the side, this can lead to severe upper cervical issues, headaches, and other problems. If you’ve been sleeping on your stomach, it’s time to change your habits.
For more questions about proper sleep, alignment, or anything else, give us a call. We can assess your health and habits, and make recommendations to keep you healthy.