Sleeping Position And Your Spine

(FF2BMSSXPFG3) Did you know that the position you sleep in every night can have an effect on your health? It’s true. The way we sleep can impact not only our spines, but the wrinkles on our faces and how much (and how loudly) we snore.

While it may seem like a pain to switch up your sleeping habits, I promise the effort is worth the payoff. Not only will you feel better- you’ll look better too!  Here are the best positions for sleeping, rated from worst to best:

The Worst: Stomach position. Sleeping on your tummy might help reduce snoring, but it can cause neck and back pain. Furthermore, lying with your face on the pillow can lead to premature wrinkling. Think of how much pressure you put on your face and neck by lying with your head turned to one side all night long. And then think about doing it all night long for years! That ends up causing a lot of pressure on your spine. It may take some time to grow accustomed to a different position, but I guarantee your neck will thank you if you learn to sleep differently.

Not Ideal: Fetal position. Although it’s one of the most common sleeping poses, the fetal position isn’t ideal for anyone not currently residing in their mother’s womb. Pulling your chin and knees up toward your chest can strain the muscles in your back. It also results in shallow breathing that can leave you feeling unrested in the morning.

Second best: Side position. Resting on your side, can reduce snoring and keep your spine in its proper shape. It’s also good for people with acid reflux, who may have difficulty sleeping on their back. However, you still run the same risk of developing wrinkles that you do when lying on your tummy or side. This is the best position for sleeping if you’re pregnant.

The Best: Back position. Sleeping on your back is the best position of all. It reduces stress on your head, neck, shoulders and spine. You’re not forcing any extra curves into your back, nor are you placing any pressure on your muscles. If you’re interested in combating wrinkles, you should definitely be sleeping on your back, to spare your face the stress of being shoved against a mattress or pillow.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, why not promise yourself to try a different sleeping position for 30 days? After a month of sleeping on your side or your back, you should begin to notice a difference in how you feel and how you sleep. In the meantime, talk to your chiropractor and find out their recommendation for the best sleep positions and what you can do to make the change as painless as possible. 

Story credit: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/19/healthiest.sleep.position/index.html

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