Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for your body! A whole 8 hours is recommended for adults to maintain good health and avoid chronic issues (and keep us sane right??). But it’s pretty hard to get a full 8 hours if you’re in pain.

Did you know the best sleep position is on your back? Runner up is on your side, and – sorry stomach sleepers but this is the most harmful to your spine! Your spine has two natural curves that need to be supported during sleep – the lumbar spine (lower back) and the cervical spine (neck). If these curves aren’t being supported during sleep you will likely experience back pain.

To sleep on your back –
  • Get a towel or sheet and roll it up and place it under your lower back.
  • Use a small pillow and place it underneath your knees to make the pelvis aligned with your knees.
  • For your neck, make sure you are using a pillow that keeps your nose at the same height as your sternum.
To sleep on your side –
  • Bend your knees slightly and place a pillow between them to keep your pelvis stable.
  • Use a pillow that is not too thick or thin that keeps your head inline with your pelvis.

8 Hours is a long time for your spine to be in an unnatural position! Sleeping on your stomach or in unsupported positions can cause issues with circulation, put pressure on your neck and back, put pressure on your heart and lungs, and (dare I say??) cause wrinkles. Give these positions a try and see how much better you feel!


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