We need a good night’s sleep every night to help our bodies recover from the day.  Good sleeping habits promote a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, you spend about a third of your life sleeping, so it’s pretty important that you can get the required sleep you need.  But what if pain at night causes you to lose sleep?  It could be caused by your sleeping position, your pillow, or even your bed.  Sleeping the right way allows your body to rest in proper alignment, without pain and with the most comfort possible.  When the body is in alignment, it decreases your chances of waking up throughout the night or waking up in pain in the morning.  So what can you do to get the best night’s sleep, free of pain? Consult a spine expert, Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC.

Sleeping Positions

As a general rule, sleeping in a neutral position is best for the body.  The goal is to keep the body, head, spine, and feet in alignment as much as possible to avoid pain.  Sleeping on your back is usually the best position for this.  Sleeping on your side can also help relieve muscle tension.  According to Tempur-pedic, this is the most popular position for sleeping at night with about 57% people preferring to sleep on their side. Side sleeping goes along with the natural curve of the spine in order to keep the spine elongated and in a more natural position.  Keep your arms in front of you and your knees bent to relieve pressure on arms, shoulder, and hips.  Make sure your pillow is properly supporting your neck and put a pillow between your knees and thighs for even better alignment. Sleeping on your stomach is actually the worst possible sleeping position for your back and body.  Sleeping on your stomach compresses the spine and also forces the head and neck into an unnatural position.  But if sleeping on your back is your preferred method, there are a few things that can help you stay in the proper, aligned position.

Pillows Can Ease Stress

Using pillows while you sleep is a great way to ease stress on joints of the body and ensure proper alignment.  For instance, if you sleep on your back, a pillow under the knees can help maintain the natural curve of the spine.  For side sleepers, a pillow between the legs can keep hips in alignment and relieve tension.  If you use a pillow for your head, be sure to not put your arms under the pillow when you sleep as this can lead to nerve irritation and put unwanted stress on the shoulders and neck.  For those who just can’t break the habit of sleeping on their stomach, a pillow under the abdomen and pelvis can help keep your spine in a more ideal position.

Chiropractic Care Promotes Spinal Alignment

No matter how we sleep, sometimes our bodies still experience pain, sometimes so much so that we may suffer from insomnia, or the inability to sleep at night. This could be because of spinal misalignments.  No matter how hard we try to correct sleeping positions, the spine may be in the habit of curving one way or another and will resort back to improper alignment just out of habit.  Regular visits to Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can restore proper alignment to get the head, spine, hips, and feet back into the correct position.  Removing spinal misalignments decreases back pain and will help you sleep better at night.

If you haven’t done so yet, consider including regular chiropractic care in your health routine to not only promote better sleep, but to increase your overall health and wellness.  Contact Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic today for more information about the incredible benefits of chiropractic care.

 

 

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