Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

What’s Your Favourite Position??

No really, what is your favourite position???

Is in on your stomach, your back or your side??

I prefer my side where as my husband is all about being on his back!

How we SLEEP can play a big role in your health and how your body feels in the morning.

Most of us sleep 6-10 hours per day; that’s 1/4 or more of our lives.  Yet, sleep position is an overlooked topic in health and our education system.  In short, there are pro’s and con’s to each position:

Prone (laying on your belly):  

  • pro:  we live in a forward-based world, always bending/reaching/grabbing things in front of us.  The end result is that the front of our bodies become shorter, so sleeping on our bellies helps us stretch our spines at night.
  • con:  it’s difficult to find a good position for your head, and often times your neck is cranked and turned to one side or the other.

Supine (laying on your back):  

  • pro:  this is the best position for your shoulders, especially if you have pain related to your rotator cuff, biceps tendon, labrum, or capsule.  By sleeping on your back — with your head at the back of the pillow, so your shoulders are also supported — you’ll reduce strain on your shoulders and neck.
  • con:  your spine continues to feel the force of gravity, which it feels all day.  This isn’t the best way for joints in your spine to heal at night, and it also doesn’t lead to a lot of mobility in your low back.

Sidelying (laying on your side):  

  • pro:  great on your low back, especially with a pillow in between your knees, so your legs remain parallel.  Remember to have a neck pillow, or pillow doubled over for your head, so you’re not reaching for the pillow by side-bending your neck.
  • con:  the shoulder you’re laying on is inevitably rounded forward and your arm ends up bearing your weight all night.  If your neck or hips aren’t properly positioned, this can also be a lot of strain on your spine.

 

If you sit all day, sleep position is even more important.  

Knowing which sleep position to choose, based upon how your body feels and moves right now, is a great way to help you look and feel better.  In fact, it’s also a great way to improve the quality of your sleep, your metabolism, and your energy for the day.

 

Here’s to a great sleep!