Are we feeling spooky yet? I know I am.
Continuing our National Chiropractic Health Month with healthy tips for whole back health!
We discussed how to prevent injuries to your muscles and spine last time but what about when your body is not in motion?
The American Chiropractic Association recommends that when sleeping do not lie on your back. It puts around 50 pounds of pressure on your spine. Although it has been noted that sleeping on your back isn’t the worst thing since it leaves your neck in a neutral position without a pillow. If sleeping on your back is what your body desires you can cut some of the pressure off your spine by putting a pillow tucked under your knees.
As stomach sleeping is possibly the worst way to sleep, side sleeping is probably the best option. To enhance side sleeping, put pillows in-between your knees to ease pressure on the lower back.
Keep in mind that it is better to sleep in a position most comfortable for you than one that makes it difficult to get those zzz’s. For all you silly, stubborn stomach sleepers, please put a pillow under your lower abdomen and hips to give your spine a break. It is strongly recommended to train your body to sleep on the back or side.
Never sleep in a position that causes pain in your spine!