Do you wake up feeling stiff and sore or do you feel rested, refreshed, and revitalized upon waking? Many people have a stiff neck, sore back, etc. when they get up in the morning. To reduce back pain, and possibly sleep better, there are methods you or your loved ones can try. One may work out better for you and another may work better for your friend. Because everyone’s body is unique, their reaction to therapies, medications, sleeping positions, etc. varies as well.
All of that said, here, we will take a look at some of the most desirable, and one not so desirable, back pain sleep positions.
Before we look at possible solutions, however, let’s consider what might be causing your back pain. One contributing factor could be how you or your loved ones sleep.
Is Your Sleep Affecting Your Back?
It’s happened to almost everyone at least once in their lifetime: You slept in the wrong position and experienced negative effects as a result. You might have a kink in your neck. Your back may be stiff, etc. People sometimes refer to this by saying that they “slept funny” last night. It’s not so funny, however. It is, in fact, painful and inconvenient.
Alignment is the key. A neutral position should be maintained by your spine while you sleep. This reduces neck and back strain. If you have a firm surface upon which to sleep, even better. There are positions that should be avoided and those that are more favorable for a good night’s sleep and a more comfortable next day.
Good Sleep Positions
There are two sleeping positions that are the best for your back. The first is lying on your back, the second is sleeping on your side.
- Back – Lie flat on your back to avoid back pain. It’s the best position. Unfortunately, to enjoy deep sleep, some people find this position difficult. Optimal alignment of your spine will be more likely to occur if you place one pillow under your neck or head and one under your knees.
- Side – To avoid neck and back pain, this is the second-best position. With your legs straight, sleep on your side. To experience neutral alignment of your spine, between your knees, tuck a pillow with your legs stretched out straight.
With knees bent, you may also try side sleeping for a good back position. Unfortunately, some people experience sore joints and back pain due to the uneven weight distribution involved in this bent-knee position.
Avoid This Position If Possible
Where your spine is concerned, one of the worst positions in which to sleep is on your stomach. Your spine’s natural curve is flattened as a result of this position which puts pressure on the joints and muscles in your spine. Additionally, it can cause upper back pain and neck pain because it forces your neck to turn one way or the other.
Discovery Village At Stuart Has Programs That Encourage Physical Health, Strength, Dexterity, And Better Balance
At Discovery Village At Stuart, numerous programs are offered – one of which concentrates on emotional, medical, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social wellness. It is referred to as our Dimensions Health and Fitness program. But we don’t stop there! There are so many amenities and programs available, in fact, that you or your loved one will feel like they’re living in a resort. What’s more, we have a beautiful pool and patio for both enjoyment and improved physical/mental health. Enhanced physical fitness promotes healthier muscles in your back and other areas, as well.
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