Is your sleeping position causing you back pain?

Sleep is essential. As we sleep, our body works to heal and restore various functions, ensuring we wake up energised and refreshed. However, you could be doing serious damage to your body by sleeping in a position that is harmful to your spine. If you find yourself constantly suffering from backache, consider changing your sleeping position. Below we outline potentially helpful changes you can make.

1. Sleep on your back

While it may feel unnatural at first, attempt to get into the habit of sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back is the best position for your spine as it prevents the spine from twisting and contorting.

2. Keep your spine as straight as possible

If you are unable to sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side in the foetal position. Even though you are on your side, try to keep your spine as straight as possible. An easy way to do this is to place a pillow between your knees which reduces pressure on your pelvis and spine, potentially preventing back and hip pain.

3. Support the neck

No matter what position you fall asleep in, always ensure your neck is fully supported. Your pillow should support the space between your head and neck, not just your head or shoulders. Supporting your neck helps keep your spine in a relaxed, neutral position.

4. If you have to sleep on your front, use a pillow

Sleeping on your front is commonly agreed to be the worst sleeping position for your back as it unnaturally flattens the curve of your spine. However, if you cannot fall asleep in any other position, place a pillow underneath your hips to improve the curve of your spine.

If you have tried the above tips and your back pain is persistent, it may be time to see a chiropractor. A reliable chiropractor can help to determine the source of your pain and offer guidance that may potentially relieve the pain. Book a consultation now with My Chiro, for chiropractic services Sydney residents rely on.

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