If you’re sleeping through the night, you probably don’t think much about it. You wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to go, right? Well, you’re supposed to feel that way, and if you don’t there could be something wrong. Waking up tired, with aches, or periodically throughout the night all point to problems with the way you’re sleeping. And while waking up with neck and back pain could be a one-time thing, it might actually be linked to sleep posture problems that will only promote more restless nights.
Understanding good sleep posture is the key to setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, because you’re asleep, you don’t always have the vigilance to maintain good sleep habits. This is where a chiropractor can help.
Correcting sleep posture and helping to eliminate chronic back and neck pain is something a chiropractor is well-qualified to do. The seasoned team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC can help you get an understanding of how you’re sleeping and what can be done to correct postural issues that leave you falling short of a good night’s rest.
The importance of sleeping posture
Sleep is an important time for your body. Resting allows for healing and rejuvenation. But that only happens if you’re sleeping properly. Your spine in particular needs to be in a neutral position, rather than curved or at an angle, to promote restorative healing while you slumber. This is where sleep posture plays an important role. How you lay down will determine what kind of support your spine has throughout the night.
- Experts agree that sleeping on your back is best. This allows the spine to remain straight and it evenly distributes your weight. For neck support, a small or cylindrical pillow is best to avoid bending the neck at an awkward angle.
- Sleeping on your side is usually okay as well. Make sure your legs are straight or bent a bit at the knees. Putting a pillow between your knees or thighs may be helpful in preventing discomfort. Again, make sure your pillow isn’t hurting your neck.
- Sleeping on your stomach isn’t recommended. It leads to awkward angles and a lack of support for the neck and spine. Experts say you should avoid doing this if at all possible!
Chiropractic for sleep posture correction
If you want to pinpoint exactly how to improve the quality of your sleep and avoid back and neck pain, you should check in with a chiropractor. A chiropractor can examine your spine and explain where subluxations or improper curvature exist, which can be linked to how you’re sleeping. By discussing your sleep habits and asking other pertinent questions, it’s possible for them to recommend basic adjustments to your sleeping.
If there’s extensive concern about your spine as the result of years of poor sleeping habits, adjustments are also a smart idea. This will likely include spinal manipulations to reset spinal vertebrae, which have proven to be effective at mitigating chronic pain. Traction to correct neck misalignments is also common, alongside superficial myofascial massage to ease stress in the shoulders or areas of the cervical spine.
The goal is to provide remediation and advice that leads to a better night’s sleep. This is the best way to break the cycle of pain that can come with poor sleep.
Start sleeping better
The team at Graybar Chiropractic knows just how damaging a bad night’s sleep can be for your spine and your wellness. We strive to help Wilmington, NC patients discover the ideal sleep posture, to get them through the night soundly.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our team. We’ll learn more about your sleeping habits and, if you need correction, we’ll introduce you to our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program, to put you on the path to spinal wellness.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.