What is the correct position to sleep in?
I have had many patients ask me what the correct position is for optimal comfort when sleeping. The simple answer to this question is: whatever is most comfortable for you, as an individual.
With that being said, here are a few tips that may help for those uncomfortable nights and to avoid waking up achy and stiff all the time…
1) Try to avoid sleeping on your belly. This position often turns your neck in a direction that can lead to stiffness or even sharp pains in the morning. It also puts your lumbar spine in what is called ‘extension’, which applies extra, unwanted pressure to the lower back.
2) If you prefer sleeping on your side, try sleeping with a pillow between your knees. This will help keep the lower half of your body in a more neutral, balanced position throughout the night.
3) Whether you prefer side sleeping or lying on your back, try to use only one pillow so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position. On your back, a pillow can also be placed underneath your knees to relieve some pressure in the lower back region.
Remember, optimal sleep is important for allowing your body to heal. No matter what position you sleep in, do your best to get between 6-8 hours of sleep per night so your body is ready for another day of action.