According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation costs Americans over $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, and sick leave. Losing those precious hours of sleep not only costs us money it seems, but it can take quite a toll on your health!
Back pain, for instance, is one of the most frequent and prominent signs of poor sleep. Just think, how many times have you gotten up in the morning, feeling more pain and exhaustion than when you went to bed? How often have you found yourself bent over and hobbling those first few minutes after you wake?
What if we told you that those moments of back pain could be fixed by simply sleeping in the right position? Let’s go over two positions to avoid altogether, and two that are great for your back and for a good night’s sleep.
Positions to Avoid:
On Your Stomach – Nothing is worse for your back than sleeping on your stomach. Not only does this position compress your lower spine all night long, but your head and neck are also twisted at unnatural, extreme angles as well.
On Your Side, One Leg Raised – This position can easily rotate us towards the stomach position in the middle of the night. Sleeping on your side in this manner can also twist your pelvis in a way that will leave you waking with tight muscles in the morning.
Positions to Try:
On Your Back – Sleeping on your back is a great method for a good night’s sleep. However, there are certain stipulations you will want to remember.
- If you sleep on your back, it is best if you do not use a pillow as that can wrench your neck at an unnatural angle
- Make sure both legs are straight so you do not strain or twist your pelvis
- Make sure your legs do not flop open, even when straight. This can cause stress on your hip joints
On Your Side, Legs Together – Sleeping in this position puts the least amount of stress on your body throughout the night. Other great variations of this pose you can experiment with are the fetal position and placing a pillow between your legs
If you are having trouble adjusting to these new sleeping positions, MindBodyGreen offers some great tips to get you out of bad sleep habits and into the painless, good kind!
You can also learn some other great tips to live pain-free and to help boost your energy by reading, 7 Healthy Ways To Boost Your Energy!
Wishing you sleep without pain,
Dr. Roger Sahoury