With hunched shoulders and curved lower backs, it’s no wonder that Americans across the country suffer from posture related backaches. From time to time, we’ll remember to sit up straight during work hours or relax our spine as we stroll across the street. As a third of our lives are spent sleeping, we are left unaware of the crippling postures our backs endure throughout our slumbers.
Improving your overall posture starts with your sleeping position. Help your back recover from a long day of slumping with these sleeping posture techniques.
Align your ears, shoulders, and hips for the ideal sleeping position. In order to achieve this sort of alignment, insert a pillow into the unsupported areas of your body. If you sleep on your back, tuck a pillow under your knees to sport the natural curve of your back. Stomach sleepers should put a pillow under their stomach and pelvis to reduce spinal stress. Try placing a pillow between your knees while sleeping on your side to alleviate lower back stress.
While plump, plush pillows are inviting and comfy, using a pillow that is too soft can strain your neck muscles and restrict blood flow to the head. Propping your head up on a pillow can cause your neck to tilt downward, hindering your airflow. Deforming the position of your spine for a full seven to eight hours greatly contributes to poor posture.
Sometimes, your mattress is all you need to realign your spine. Try removing your pillow for the night. By unpropping your head, you may relieve spinal pressure and decrease back pain by morning. A flat sleeping position relaxes your muscles and tendons, realigning your spine overnight to its proper position.
Your mattress should support the natural curves of your spine while providing much-needed comfort. It’s likely time to replace your mattress if it’s more than ten years old, if it’s feeling lumpy or saggy, or if you’re frequently waking up with back and neck aches.
Shovlin Mattress Factory has a range of quality mattresses, fit for any type of sleeper. Improve your overall health and wellbeing with a properly fitted mattress. When you’re sleeping sound, your posture will improve, allowing you to live better during the day.
Reach out to an expert at Shovlin Mattress Factory to learn more!