Sleeping Positions

What You Should Know about Your Sleeping Positions

As you are often told, you should sleep through about 8 of the 24 hours of a day. This means that you should sleep for about a third of your life! During that time, your body still needs to be given the best care available. When you’re sleeping is the time your body does all the repairing and recovering it needs to get you ready for the next day. That’s why you need to ensure that you’re giving your body the best and most healthy sleeping positions possible.

Remember, your sleeping position has an intense effect on your spine, and your spinal health has an intense effect on your body’s overall wellbeing. That’s why you need to take proper care of the way you position yourself to sleep. It is advised that you sleep either on your back or on your side. We’ll explain some more.

Sleeping on your back:
  • Place a pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back so that they bend your legs a bit.

  • Place a pillow under your head and your neck too.

  • Ensure that your head is aligned with the rest of your spine, the same way it would be aligned if you stood up and leveled your chin with the ground.

  • Don’t sleep with more than one pillow beneath your head.

  • Don’t sleep with your head cocked forward and your chin pointed towards your chest.


Sleeping on your side:
  • Bend your knees and aim them towards your chest.

  • Distance your hips (and prevent your hips and pelvis from rotating) by placing a pillow between your knees.

  • Put a pillow underneath your head and your neck.

  • Ensure that your neck is aligned with the rest of your spine, and this means it shouldn’t be cocked toward the bed or toward the ceiling.


Try using a cervical pillow to help give you the support you need and remember to NEVER sleep on your stomach. It’s pretty much the worst position to sleep in because it causes you to contort your body in a position that will cause issues with your neck.

Chiropractic treatment is a great way to improve the body pains and discomforts you’re having from bad sleeping positions. If you want to see a chiropractor in the Stouffville area to help you out with your back and body aches, then give us a call.
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