Number one sleep posture to avoid

We sleep for a third to a quarter of the day, so getting the best and restful sleep is important. In this blog we go through the worst sleep posture and other healthier options for you to consider.

Sleep is important

Babies sleep far longer than adults. The reason for this is because babies are growing at such a fast pace and sleep is vital for that process. For adults, sleep is just as important, as it helps to:

  • Assimilate the food and drink taken in during the day
  • Rest the mind
  • Heal and repair the body
  • Detox the brain

What are the factors that can influence sleep?

  • Quality of bed
  • Sleep posture
  • Pillow height and quality
  • Levels of stress
  • Hormones
  • Daily activity level
  • And many more

Sleep Posture to Avoid

THE WORST posture is sleeping on your stomach. This causes immense strain on your neck joints and soft tissues – causing stiffness, pains and nerve referral. This posture also has a negative impact on digestion and breathing.

Sleep postures to try:

Try to sleep on your side or on your back. Getting in either of these postures helps to maintain better alignment between the neck and the spine, to keep them in line.

Pillows size to consider:

Side sleepers need the right sized pillow to maintain the neck in alignment with the spine. Back sleepers need a lower profile so the head isn’t sitting too far in front of the body.

Any questions about the worst sleep posture 🙋‍♀️  please reach out!

Lisa Smycz, chiropractor 

Director Errol Street Chiropractic Centre

If you would like to know more about what ideal posture looks like, then CLICK HERE.  To find out if your shoulders pass the test CLICK HERE.

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