What Is The Best Sleep Posture?

Last updated on December 1, 2022

It Depends...

We all know how vital a good night’s slumber is for our health. On average we should be getting at least 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night. Crazy Fact: we spend 1 / 3rd of our lives asleep! Now the question is what position is best for my spine? The simple answer is whatever position is most comfortable for you, just NOT on your tummy. Keep in mind, you move on average 30+ times at night, so the position you fall asleep in isn’t necessarily the position you’ll wake up in.  

 

Different sleeping positions do have added benefits. If you’re experiencing pain or other health concerns, such as sleep apnea or vertigo, you might need to switch up your usual sleep position to help manage it. 

LET’S DISCUSS AREAS OF CONCERN

LOW BACK:

POSITION TO TRY: Side / Foetal / Back

TIPS: Place a pillow between your knees to help with natural spine alignment

NECK:

POSITION TO TRY: Back / side

TIPS: Contour pillow (appropriately fitted) to your size and head weight – supports your normal neck curve

SNORNING & SLEEP APNEA

POSITION TO TRY: Side / foetal

TIPS: Sleep on your left side

ACID REFLUX

POSITION TO TRY: Side / back with a slight incline position

TIPS: Sleep on your left side

PREGNANCY

POSITION TO TRY: Foetal / side

TIPS: Left side is best but the right side is fine too.

BPPV (vertigo caused by ear crystals)

POSITION TO TRY: Back with/without slight incline

TIPS: 45 degree angle is best

HIP & KNEE PAIN

POSITION TO TRY: Back

TIPS: Place a pillow under your knees to relieve pressure

There are some fundamentals we want to consider though, like pillows and mattresses. More on this in the coming blog posts – so stay tuned!

This information is general in nature and does not substitute professionally tailored advise. 

 

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