We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping. Bad posture habits during sleep are even harder to break than those used during the awakened hours because you are not always aware of them, and so you abuse your body and possibly wake up with aches and pains without knowing the reason behind them. More important you may be establishing a pattern of postural stress that may be creating the spinal health problem.
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The American Chiropractic Association has the following suggestions for maintaining good sleep posture:
1) Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your comfort is important.
2). Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain
* Note: If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs.
*Note: If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees.
3). Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
4). Have a periodic spinal examination.
Chiropractic check-ups for the spine and nervous system are important in order to maintain the structural integrity of your body. Most importantly, remember pain is a symptom and not a cause. Pain of any type can be an indication of possible health problem. It signals that the body is not functioning properly and since the body is made up of nerves which travel through the spine to all parts of the body, the source of the problem may not be at the point of the pain.
This article is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent the views of RxEconsult, LLC.