Sleep Posture

We’ve talked about proper sleep hygiene, and actions that can help with getting to sleep and staying asleep, but what about the position in which we sleep?  While most of us focus on our posture during the day, proper posture while we sleep is just as important.

First, we need to take into account how we are naturally sleeping and go from there.  So, how do you sleep?

If you sleep on your stomach, it is recommended that you work to break the habit.  Sleeping on your stomach puts your low-back in a position of hyper-extension, and it forces the neck to be rotated throughout the night, both of which are certain to create tension and back along your spine. 

If you sleep on your side, use a pillow that allows your head, neck, and shoulders to stay level with your mid and lower spine. Another pillow placed between your knees will help to keep your pelvis in a neutral position. 

For back sleepers, use a pillow that will keep your head and neck level with your upper back and spine. A pillow underneath your knees will keep your spinal joints slightly flexed so they don’t jam up over night.

If you have questions about sleep posture, or require assistance finding the right pillow for you, speak to one of the Doctors at your next appointment as they may be able to help!