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POSTURE TIP #16 PILLOW CHECK

Choose the best pillow for your sleep position

WAKE UP REFRESHED! We should spend nearly 1/3 of our life in bed. Sleeping really well is especially important if you’re spending less time than that. Improving our sleeping position and environment can help posture pains, as well as giving us a better nights sleep. Your sleeping posture is how you hold your body when your mind is off in dreamland. The right pillow will keep your head level and centered, minimizing muscle and joint stress and make breathing easier. This is especially important if you have problems with sleep apnea, or use a forced oxygen breathing system (i.e. a CPAP machine). It’s important to note that stomach sleeping is a bad habit. Being on your belly makes it harder to breathe, and trains your head to turn to one side more easily than the other. In addition to straining your neck, sleeping on your stomach can cause hyper-extension of the lumbar spine aggravating low back pain. THE BEST PILLOW FOR YOUR SLEEPING POSTURE Muscles should relax when sleeping, so try to avoid uneven joint stresses on your body. I do like memory foam pillows as they 'mould' to the shape of your head.

  • Stomach Sleeper - my only suggestion here is to get off your belly, stomach sleeping is bad for your posture - DON'T DO IT!!

  • Back Sleeper - Keep head and spine aligned with a thin pillow. Consider one with a neck contour to support deep neck muscles. Avoid thick pillows that force your head up, or bring your chin to your chest – this position aggravates and promotes forward head posture. I recommend placing a pillow behind your knees to take pressure off your lower back.

  • Side Sleeper - Choose a pillow that supports your head keeping your neck and spine at the same level. I suggest a 'normal' shaped pillow for side sleepers, or if you have one, try turning your contour pillow upside-down for a more gradual change in support surfaces. AND DON'T FORGET THE PILLOW BETWEEN YOUR KNEES!

Do you wake up with a stiff neck or headaches? Maybe it's time to check out your spine. Book your chiropractic appointment here. 86 8th Avenue, Northcliff, South Africa 0828811635 Source: https://posturemonth.org/posture-pillows/


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