Do me a favor, take a break from reading for about 30 seconds and turn your head all the way to one side. Then hang out there.
(I really mean it. Do it, now….)
Now imagine you held that position for, oh, I don’t know, say like eight hours. How do you think your neck will feel? Like crap? Exactly!
There are few people who do not experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives. If you are a stomach-sleeper, I can almost guarantee that you will not be one of those people.
In addition to forcing your neck to one side, stomach-sleeping causes your belly to sag into the mattress, messing with the natural, healthy, front-to-back curvatures of your spine. In short, stomach-sleeping is the worst way to spend your nights.
So what’s the best? Sleeping on your back or side, with pillows to support your spine in a neutral position, is optimum. (see picture for reference)
If you are on your back, tuck your pillow under your neck, not your head, to support the very important C-curve of your upper spine. Consider using a contour pillow designed specifically for this purpose. If you prefer the fetal position, like I do, make sure your pillow doesn’t allow your neck to angle down or up, but be perfectly in-line with the rest of your spine. On a good night, I tuck a pillow between my knees to help keep my hips nice and level, too.
Sleep should build us up, not tear us down. Now that you know the dos-and-don’ts of sleeping postures, try your best to correct any bad habits.
Wishing all of my readers a good, healthy night of sleep!