One of the questions that I am asked most often is “How should I sleep?” or better yet, “Do I need a new mattress?”. Mattresses are one of the more personal decisions that we face, as far as buying something that we are going to keep and use on a long term basis. My standard answer to these questions is first to go to the mattress stores and lie on as many mattresses that you can.
Everyone has their idea of what feels good or doesn’t. A little on the firm side is probably best on the spine, but the caveat to all of this is why I titled this post as “sleeping positions” You can buy a bed stuffed with golden feathers, but if you are sleeping with your spine in an awkward position, you have no hope of a restful sleep, and are setting yourself up for spine problems down the road.
So how do you sleep “in good posture”. First and foremost good posture standing up is good posture sleeping. Meaning your head is in a neutral position, your shoulders aren’t twisted to any great degree. And probably most common is you haven’t thrown one hip over the other, and have your lower back/hips in a twist. With that said, sleeping on your back is fine. Make sure the pillow is not too fluffy, or to flat, therefore keeping your head in a neutral position. Sleeping on your side is fine, just keep your head in that neutral position. Don’t tuck your chin, make sure the pillow doesn’t raise your head too high, or too low. Make it just right! Just like Goldie Locks! Sleeping on your stomach, honestly is for the devil. There is nothing good about it, your low back sags into a hyper lordotic curve, your neck is twisted in a joint straining position, that will surely cause you to come visit your friendly chiropractor sooner, rather than later!
I hope you have picked up a few tips from this post, if you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be glad to get back to you.
Have a great and healthy day!
Dr. Sam Messimer