Spine health is a critical part of daily activity. Our spine is constantly relied upon throughout the day, whether we are an office worker or a professional athlete. Good posture is one element of spine health that people can utilize during their daily tasks. However, perhaps the most important component of spine health, is sleep techniques. Since most people sleep for 5 to 8 hours per night, your sleeping posture can have a major effect on your spine. If you are suffering from back pain and would like to schedule an appointment with Madeira Chiropractic, call now at (717) 263-8919 Here are some sleep techniques for a healthy spine:
If you are someone that prefers to sleep on your back, you may not realize that this posture puts quite a bit of pressure on your spine. One way to combat that pressure is by placing a pillow under your knees. The pillow creates a layer of protection, cutting the pressure on your spine in half.
Try placing a pillow under your abdomen and sleeping on your stomach. Remove the pillow under your head if pain persists. Return to your preferred sleep style if serious pain continues.
Side sleep puts less pressure on your back which makes it a good option for people with back injuries. Still, placing a pillow between your knees can ease any residual back pain. Switch back to your preferred posture if this sleep style starts to generate severe back pain.
One of the best ways to get a good night sleep with back problems is to buy a customized mattress. Firm mattresses are best for your back but the key is comfort. Patients that have a comfortable mattress which doesn’t cause any discomfort can enjoy a quality night’s sleep.