There are certain factors that could affect your spine health. Some are out of your control such as genetics and aging while there are those that you can.
One of the things you can do to promote spine health is having the right sleeping position.
What’s the best position for the neck and back?
Sleeping on your back is one of the best things you can do for your spine health. This position evenly distributes the weight throughout your body and it helps avoid unnecessary curves in the spine.
To ensure proper alignment, it’s best to use a small pillow under your head and neck (not your shoulders).
If you’re not a fan of sleeping on your back or if this position makes you snore, you may want to try sleeping on your side with your legs stretched.
Even if you’re sleeping on your side, it’s still important to pay attention to your pillow under your head. The height should be just right to create a straight line from your head, neck, and down through your spine. This means it shouldn’t be too thick.
To ensure proper alignment of your spine, hips, and pelvis, you can use a thin pillow between your legs.
What sleeping position should you avoid?
On your stomach. This sleeping position doesn’t promote proper spine alignment and may even put pressure on your joints. Plus, if you place your hand over or under your pillow, it can add pressure on the nerves, causing numbness or tingling sensation on your arm or hand.
If you’re used to sleeping on your stomach, you can try to restrain yourself by using pillows. However, you would want to eventually transition to sleeping on your back or side.
Your sleeping position is just one factor that can affect your spine health. If you’ve been practicing a good sleeping position but still experience neck and back pain, you can talk to one of our doctors.
To schedule an appointment, you may call Ozark Orthopaedics at (479) 443-7862.