Bad Sleeping Positions in Granite City

Bad Sleeping Positions in Granite City

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We all have our favorite sleeping position, the one that feels so comfy and safe. However, sometimes we wake up with lower back pain or with a stiff neck. The truth is – not all sleeping positions are good for our health, no matter how much we enjoy them. In fact, all of them have their pros and cons, it is just that some have much more cons when it comes to health. Nevertheless, even the so-called bad sleeping positions can be corrected. Having in mind how important sleeping is for our short term and long term health, everyone should make an effort to improve their sleeping posture in Granite City.

We’ll give you a few tips how to correct it.

Here are the sleeping positions ranked from the best to the worst:

  • On your back
  • On your side
  • In the fetal position
  • On your stomach

How to improve your sleeping posture?

A lot of people enjoy sleeping on their stomachs, hugging the pillow or burying the face in it. Sleeping on your stomach might feel safe, however, it puts your spine in a rather odd position, especially if your arms are under the pillow. The neck is not in a neutral position, but usually turned to one side. Don’t be surprised if you wake up with a stiff neck. This position puts your upper part of the body in a position which is not natural and which can put pressure on your lower back or put your neck in a bent position. If you have problems with your lower back or neck, avoid sleeping on your stomach. However, if you are a sworn stomach sleeper, you can put something, such as a rolled-up towel, below your neck to support it and a pillow below the hips/abdomen.

The most popular sleeping position – sleeping on the side and its variation, the fetal position, have their pros and cons. Generally, it can be a healthy sleeping position if you maintain the relatively straight torso and legs without twisting your body. If you prefer sleeping on your side or curled up in the fetal position, place a pillow between your knees to avoid twisting your body and resting the upper leg on the mattress. Switch sides and keep away from sleeping with your arm under the head in order to prevent arm-numbness.

Sleeping on your back is the best sleeping position for your back health. The back stays in the optimal neutral position. Just choose the right pillow to put under your head and place a smaller one under your knees to elevate them. This will help your body maintain its natural curve. Avoid this position only if you have problems with snoring.

Whichever position you choose to sleep in – make sure that you have the right mattress and pillow. After all, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping.

Sleep tight!


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Talley Chiropractic
3100 Maryville Road Suite A
Granite City, IL 62040
(618) 931-4000