How do you sleep?
Do you sleep on your front?
It really is best for your neck and back to avoid sleeping on your front. That’s because sleeping on your front requires you to keep your head turned to the side in order to breath. This position puts pressure on your spine, mainly the neck and upper back. Think about the neck pain and back pain you may feel if you kept your neck turned to one side for a few minutes keeping your phone between your shoulder and neck. It can cause neck soreness for a period of time. In the case of sleeping on your front you will not necessarily feel the neck pain or back pain straight away or even the next day, but things can gradually build up leading to problems.
The chiropractor at West Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic, Laila Sajadi-Bami recommends sleeping either on your side or on your back. Although we don’t often wake up in the same position in which we fell asleep, it is worth trying to start the night sleeping on your back or on your side, to minimize the amount of time you are likely to spend on your front. When sleeping on your side, bend your knees and bring them slightly upwards. If you have low back pain, consider placing a pillow between your knees to reduce pressure on your lower back. If you prefer to sleep on your back, and you suffer from low back pain, you can try placing pillows under both knees to a point that you feel more comfortable.
Do you use too many pillows?
Avoid using too many pillows, which can push your neck forward or to the side and can result in neck pain or neck stiffness. Use enough pillows (usually only one) to keep your head level with your body (not tilted). The best pillow for you should support your neck in the neutral position and it should feel comfortable. If you sleep on your side, choose a pillow that fills the space between your head and the bed without tilting your head. If you sleep on your back, your pillow should keep your head from being flexed too far forward or extended too far backwards.
Do you snooze on your sofa?
Avoid lying on a soft sofa in the evening to relax for a pronged period, because you sink into the sofa, putting stress on the joints in your neck (cervical spine), mid back (thoracic spine) and low back (lumbar spine) which may cause pain and discomfort over time.
If you are in North London, North West London, and within travelling distance of West Hampstead, feel free to contact our chiropractor Laila Sajadi-Bami at West Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic, to see if we can help with your back pain or neck pain.
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