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Optimal sleeping positions

January 5, 2020

Find yourself waking up sore?

Maybe you wake up with a crick in your neck, suffer from a sore back during the day, or wake up during the night from discomfort.

A large number of people are just not sleeping in an optimal position. While there isn’t a one size fits all approach that’ll leave everyone feeling amazing every morning, there are some positions that are just generally better for your body.

Sleeping On Your Back

For most people, sleeping on your back is the best way to sleep. Unfortunately, this is also the most uncomfortable position for many.

The reason why this position is so good for your body is that it allows for your head, neck, and spine to be properly aligned. But you have to be using a flatter pillow that doesn’t prop your head up (a higher pillow will ruin your alignment and will make your neck hurt).

What Position Is Right For Me?

Hate sleeping on your back?

Some people find themselves snoring, choking on their tongue, and just straight-up uncomfortable when they try to sleep in this position.

If this is the case for you, no matter how good it is for you — it’s just not worth forcing yourself.

There are plenty of other positions you can try. For example, sleeping on your side with your legs and back straight is another optimal sleeping position. In this case, you’ll need a slightly higher pillow that lifts your head into a neutral spinal alignment.

If you’re using the same pillow as you would if you slept on your back, your head will be dipping downwards and be putting unnecessary strain on your body.
Experiencing Back Pain?

If you find yourself with an aching back due to poor sleep or if you have a pre-existing back injury that gets worse at night, you can try these techniques out to lessen the strain on your back:

#1. Pillow under the knee

By placing a small pillow underneath your knees when sleeping on your back, you decrease the strain that is placed on your lower back. Still uncomfortable? Try adding another small pillow underneath your lower back as well.

#2. Pillow between the knees

Prefer sleeping on your side? By placing a small pillow between your knees you can put your lower body back into alignment. If you find your back is still hurting, you can try put another small pillow under your waist.

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