Stomach Sleepers – What is Sleeping on Your Stomach Doing to Your Spinal Alignment?

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Stomach Sleepers – What is Sleeping on Your Stomach Doing to Your Spinal Alignment?

Many people are most comfortable sleeping on their stomachs. But is it ok for your spine health and over all alignment?

It can create stress in your back because of odd positioning. The same goes for your neck. If you use a pillow while stomach sleeping, make sure it is very flat and if possible, use no pillow at all. Your head is cranked unnaturally to a very severe angled position. If kept like that for hours you may wake up with a stiff neck, shoulders, or collar bone area.

The stress on your back is caused because most of the weight is in the middle of your body. This makes it very difficult to maintain a neutral spine position while asleep. Stressing your spine pulls and stresses other parts of the body so you may wake up feeling achy or develop problems with your neck or back over time.

Changing your sleeping position is not easy but it is worth it.

If you sleep on your stomach, try hugging a pillow to your chest or sleeping with one between your knees making it harder for you to just roll over into that position you are accustomed to.

While getting regular chiropractic adjustments is wonderful for your health and a great preventative measure against illness and pain, if you are undoing the adjustments at night, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Sleeping on your stomach is a habit and habits can be broken over time.

The best sleeping position is on your back with your spine aligned straight and head and neck supported. This makes for no additional pressure anywhere on the spine. Less pressure means you are less likely to experience subluxations and pain.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we would love to see you for an adjustment in our office. The office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates would love to see you and see how we can help improve your health and your quality of sleep.

Give us a call at 239-332-2555 or visit online at www.kasterchiropractic.com.

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