Adults should aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night. However, most people say they don’t sleep that much because they have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Back pain contributes to poor sleep due to awkward sleeping and sitting positions during the day. Dr. Neil Cohen, an experienced chiropractor in Baltimore, can address many of the culprits that are preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. Visit him and his knowledgeable staff at Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center in Essex.
Best Positions for Better Sleep
Sleeping on Your Side with a Pillow Between Your Knees
If sleeping flat on your back is not as comfortable as you would like, try positioning yourself on your side. Depending on if you’re sleeping on your left or right side, let the shoulder you’re sleeping on touch the mattress. Adjust a pillow between your knees until you feel comfortable. If you notice a gap between your waist and the mattress, use a small pillow for additional support and comfort. Feel free to use multiple pillows to achieve maximum comfort.
Adjust Yourself in the Fetal Position
Laying on your side in a fetal position can help alleviate the pressure on your back and help you get more comfortable at night. While lying on your back, gently roll over on your side and tuck your knees toward your chest while curling your torso toward your knees. Don’t forget to switch sides periodically to prevent imbalances.
Sleeping on Your Stomach with Pillows
It is suggested that sleeping on your stomach is a bad idea because it puts stress on your neck and increases back pain. However, if sleeping on your stomach is the most comfortable for you, put a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen to alleviate some of the pressure on your back.
Finally, pay attention to your pillow. We recommend using a pillow designed with a neck contour that is properly sized for you. We can help you get the proper pillow!
Finding a Chiropractor in Baltimore
A chiropractor can help alleviate body aches and pain using non-invasive treatments. Many times, this relief allows patients to sleep more soundly. Dr. Cohen and his staff provide safe and effective treatments for managing pain and helping you feel your best. Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center in Essex is here for you! We offer a full range of physical therapy, aquatic therapy, and non-surgical spinal decompression. Contact us today to learn more about our services that will help you gain mobility and improve your life.