A good night’s sleep is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself; and when you make your sleep a priority, it reverberates in positive ways throughout your life. For many people, however, sleep isn’t as restful as it should be – they wake up with persistent aches and pains and never know what’s at the root of their sleep problems. Chiropractic care can help.
Many of us have a sleeping position that we return to each night without ever giving it much thought, but your sleeping position can actually affect the quality of your sleep and even your health. Your habitual sleeping position may well be comforting you to sleep, but it might also be causing your stiff neck each morning. When you sleep in an awkward position, your muscles have to make up for it by tensing in order to protect your joints. Chiropractic care can help you learn to optimize your sleep – while naturally reducing your waking aches and pains.
Sleep Positions: The Basics
While some people change positions frequently throughout the night, most of us sleep in one of three positions:
- Sleeping on your back is the healthiest option as it allows your spine to align properly and minimizes muscle stiffness – make sure that your head and neck are well-supported.
- Sleeping on your side can be a good option because it aids neutral spinal positioning – proper pillow alignment is crucial for this position, and keeping a pillow between your legs can help.
- Sleeping on your belly is a chiropractic no-no. Belly sleeping promotes an unnatural lumbar spinal curve and often exacerbates waking aches and pains and posture issues.
All hope is not lost! Even veteran belly sleepers can learn small sleep tweaks that can lead to significant sleep and health benefits. An experienced chiropractor can help.
Waking Up with Aches and Pains? Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Sleeping well is a necessary component of health, and chiropractic care can help you sleep more restfully and wake more peacefully. If you are tired of waking up to a stiff neck or achy back, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us if you are interested in banishing your aches and pains with chiropractic care.