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5 Tips for a Better Sleeping Position and Healthier Spine

We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping. So, it’s important to make sure you’re doing it right! All that time spent in bed can do a number on your back if your sleep posture is not correct. There are a variety of things you can do to relieve current back pain and improve your overall spinal health. Consider the following tips to help you get not only a better night’s rest, but a better back:

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1. Sleep Face-Up

Sleeping on your back is considered one of the best sleeping positions, as it evenly distributes your body weight and keeps your head, neck, and spine in proper alignment. However, if you are a stomach-sleeper (heaven forbid), you can place a thin pillow underneath your stomach to help align your spine.


2. Your Mattress Matters

Don’t trade lower cost for quality when it comes to purchasing a mattress. Although mattresses aren’t the cheapest home items, it’s possible to find affordable mattresses and mattress pads that offer adequate support and comfort for your back.  Firm mattresses are recommended, but the amount of firmness often depends on your individual body type.


3. Switch Sides

Sleeping on one side on an unsuitable mattress can cause muscle pain and even contribute to scoliosis. If you happen to be a side-sleeper, it is suggested to make a habit of switching sides and place a pillow between your knees to keep proper spinal alignment.


4. Position Your Pillow

Whatever your sleep position, it’s important to also consider the placement of your pillow. Situate your pillow underneath your head and neck rather than your shoulders and make sure it adequately fills the space between your neck and the mattress. This will keep your neck correctly aligned and lessen strain on the muscles.


5. Know Your Body Type

Your body shape, size, and proportions are all factors to consider when either purchasing a mattress or determining what sleeping position is best for you. Wider hips often call for a softer mattress, while smaller hips may require a firmer surface to keep your spine in a neutral position.


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