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Say ‘Goodnight’ to Neck and Back Pain with These Altered Sleep Positions

June 17, 2019

Better sleep positions

You may have heard about the survey out there that attempts to gauge your personality type through sleep positions and sleep habits. It’s a neat idea, but the way you situate your body probably explains more than your introversion and deepest, darkest fears.

Believe it or not, that dingy, deflated pillow you won’t replace and your “natural” resting position may actually stem from the nagging neck and back pains you probably feel in the morning rather than the wonderland that is your subconscious. Despite this, nobody should let neck and back pain prohibit them from living a comfortable life. Here are three adjustments for popular sleep positions known to promote comfort and boost wellness.

Side Sleeper

Sleeping on your side can help alleviate back or hip pain. This is true, but according to The Better Sleep Council, doing so without certain modifications can actually worsen the pain. To overcome this, adopting the fetal position as a side sleeper alleviates pressure from the lower back while also setting it and the pelvic area into their natural alignment. Placing a pillow between the knees can yield similar results for a side sleeper, so pick and choose to your comfort.


Stomach Sleeper

Stomach SleeperAccording to The National Sleep Foundation, sleeping on your stomach is one of the least popular (and worst) sleep positions. When lying on your stomach, your neck and head naturally crank to the left or right sides causing pain. Sleeping on your stomach is a habit to break altogether, but to decrease any damaging effects, make sure to use soft pillows. Lying directly faced down with a rolled towel placed under your forehead also ensures easy breathing.


Back Sleeper

Back sleeperThough sleeping on your back can lead to sleep apnea, it is considered the better sleeping position for humans, although not a perfect one. While a back sleeper’s weight is usually distributed throughout the entire body, it is essential to use a soft pillow to prevent neck pain. To ensure a natural spine curve while sleeping, try placing a pillow under the knees. Given these popular sleep positions, the most essential factor for diminishing neck and back pain is the pillow you use.  At Breksta, our pillows use technology that adapts to any sleep while providing a comfy and luxurious experience with their one-piece cooling Gel Memory Foam core™ that has pin-holes for air-flow. With proper support, you can rest assured that you’ll make each morning the best one, pain free.

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