Ever wondered if your sleep habits may contribute to your back pain? The absolute best sleeping position is on your back. Sleeping on your back makes it easier for your head, neck and spine to align and maintain a neutral position. There are no exaggerated curves or excess pressure placed on the back. If you already sleep on your back but still wake up in pain, try placing a pillow beneath your knees to maintain the normal curve of your lower back.
If you’re a side sleeper, there are ways to help take the strain off your back. Draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your legs. This will help maintain the proper alignment of the spine. Sleeping on your side can be beneficial for those who snore, have obstructive sleep apnea, are pregnant, or are prone to neck and back pain.
If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, this can be hard on your back. If you can’t adjust your sleep position, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. Use a pillow under your head if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back. If it does cause strain, try sleeping without a pillow under your head.
Have questions or back pain from your current sleep position? Give us a call at (408) 248-8700 to speak to a chiropractor at our Santa Clara office and we’ll be happy to help!