Sleeping Posture


The importance of good Sleeping Posture

We all have our own preferences of sleeping position which changes as we move around in our sleep. Whatever position we choose it is important to maintain the spine’s natural alignment to avoid causing pain in the neck or the lower back. If you have injured or suffer with pain in these areas, poor sleeping posture can aggravate or provoke the problem.

Here is some advice and guidance on good sleeping posture:

Sleeping on your back

If you sleep on your back, placing a pillow under your knees can take pressure off the lower back helping to maintain the natural curve of the spine. You might want to try a small rolled up towel under the small of your back for additional support. Support the neck with a pillow. This position may be helpful for certain conditions affecting the lower back.

Sleeping on your side

This is probably the most common sleeping position with your leg and hips aligned and bent up but can leave the upper leg unsupported. As a result some of the leg’s weight may  add strain to the lower back and pelvic joints. A simple way to alleviate this problem is to put a pillow between the knees and thighs.

Sleeping on your front

Sleeping on your front can be hard on your lower back. If you find it hard to sleep in other positions, you can try placing a small pillow under the lower part of your abdomen. You may have to use a fairly flat pillow under your head to try and limit any strain on the neck or try sleeping without any pillow. Placing an additional pillow under your ankles can help to make you feel more comfortable.