When I was younger, I remember my grandma getting after me about my posture. “Stop slouching. Stand up straight. Stop picking your nose.” I didn’t understand the importance at the time, but as I get older, I can see (and feel) the benefits of having good posture. While you might take the necessary steps to ensure good posture in your waking hours, have you ever considered the role your sleeping position plays in your overall posture? I sure didn’t. I mean, I know about the different sleeping positions and the benefits and drawbacks of each, but I never considered how much the way I sleep affects how I look (and feel) while I’m awake. If you have a bad back or you find yourself in pain during much of your waking hours, take some time to asses how you sleep. You might find that your sleeping position is negatively impacting your overall posture.
Here are some tips to consider as you determine the best sleeping position for your body to maintain a healthy posture:
- Try sleeping in a position that helps you maintain the natural curve of your spine. You can do this by placing a pillow under your knees or a lumbar roll under your lower back.
- Make sure your head is properly supported. It should rest in its normal position, so avoid pillows that raise your head up to high. The pillow should stay below the head and neck. Your shoulders should not rest on the pillow. Make sure you use a pillow that’s firm enough to support your head while keeping it aligned with your spine.
- Try sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees will prevent your upper leg from sliding down onto the bed and rotating your lower spine. This slight twist can not only lead to back and hip pain, but it can also make it harder for you to maintain good posture throughout the day.
When you have bad posture, you expose yourself to a number of health risks. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s vital that we consider our sleep posture and the role it plays in our health. Be sure you take the necessary steps to protect your body by maintaining a healthy posture both day and night.
The Snooze Guru