Sleep Positions – face the music

“The foundations of good health are good diet, good exercise and good sleep, but two out of three doesn’t get you there,” said Dr. Anne Calhoun, a neurology professor at the University of North Carolina.

In this final segment of sleeping positions, we look at sleeping on your stomach.  There seems to be a consensus on this position compared to the others.  It is usually not recommended to sleep this way.

In general, sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve in the lower back and keeps your head turned to one side all night, which distorts the alignment of the spine in your neck.  It causes stress to your lower back, neck and shoulders.

According to the Mayo clinic, sleeping on your abdomen can be hard on your back.  However, this position may be helpful if you have degenerative disease or a herniated disk in the central portion of your spine.

Also, if you have lower back pain occasionally sleeping on your stomach can relieve the pressure on your discs.  However, you need to place a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen to reduce the strain on your back by.

You can also place a pillow under your head if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back. If it does cause strain, try sleeping without a pillow under your head.

One expert notes; “avoid sleeping on your stomach, especially on a saggy mattress, since this can cause back strain and can be uncomfortable for your neck”.

Needless to say, we all require sleep to allow our bodies to recharge for the ever more stresses of the day.  Sleeping positions is one aspect of this. Another is a good quality clean mattress.

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