3 Critical Sleep Posture Tips

Brett McDonough
October 26, 2021

Sleep posture is just as important as our daily posture. We spend a good 6-8 hours a day in that position. Today we will cover some information about mattresses, pillows, and alignment that should help you get a restful night sleep.

Mattress: Ultimately, the best mattress for you is the one that gives you the best night sleep. Some research shows a more firm mattress is best, but not for everyone. Another helpful tip is to change out your mattress every 6-8 years to prevent wear and tear issues.

Pillow: Using the correct pillow for your specific sleep posture is important. If you sleep on your back be sure to use a pillow that is not too large under your head, as it will prop your head up too high, putting stress on your neck and mid back musculature. The pillow should be adjustable to fit your style and needs, or have multiple pillows at your disposal to switch out depending on your desired sleep position.

Alignment: While sleeping on your back it is helpful to put a pillow under your knees to put your low back in a relaxed position. Remember, back sleeping also requires a pillow that is not too large that it will prop your head up, causing tension in the spine while you sleep. When side sleeping it helps to put a pillow between your knees to keep the spine in a neutral position. Sleeping on your stomach can put stress on your low back. It is best to choose an alternative posture for sleep, but if you must, put a small pillow under your stomach and pelvis to keep your spine in a better position.

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