the correct sleeping posture is critical to your over-all health.
More than likely you're sleeping approximately one-third of your
life away; therefore, it's imperative to acquire good posture while
too often, most people think about posture while sitting, standing
or walking. But, sleeping is just as important if not more. It's
during that sleep time the body rejuvenates and the spine has the
opportunity to align in a healthy position provided your sleeping
posture is correct.
to Dr. Isogai, a Japanese doctor who developed a proven back therapy
program to promote a healthy spine, says that sleeping on your back
is healthy for the spine. While in this horizontal sleeping posture
your spine has the best ability to align itself naturally. Granted,
sometimes one's back may be so out of place that merely lying on
the back cannot adjust the spine correctly. If that's the case,
you'll need to participate in some exercises to promote the healthy
curvature of your spine.
are also additional techniques that can be added during a nights
sleep to reinforce a good sleeping posture. I use these techniques
daily to promote the healthy curvature of my spine. I learned these
proven techniques from Dr. Isogai while I was recovering from a
broken back. His techniques cured me from a serious back ailment.
I encourage you to do the best you can to sleep on your back. Invest
in a good firm mattress, it'll pay off down the road. We purchased
a memory foam mattress pad from Costco and simply put it on our
existing mattress. It's an inexpensive approach yet provides a quality
means to acquire a good mattress for sleeping. Craig
Dahl - BACK PAIN FREE, Senior Editor
posture is very important, because your rest depends on it.
It is important to have a pillow under your had, but not under
your shoulders. Don’t use more than one pillow, because
it could disturb your natural spin position, which is very
If you sleep on the side, a pillow between your knees will
help maintain a neutral spine position. You can’t have
a good sleeping posture if you have a sagging mattress. Your
neck and back probably hurt because you don’t sleep
in the right position.
All these things are equally important for remaining the best
sleeping posture. It’s not easy to change your habits,
and maybe you will not be able to sleep in the first couple
of days, but it will be worth all the effort.
that, in average, North Americans sleep seven to eight and a half
hours a day. We can say that, in average, we spend around 1/3 of
the day lying in bed. A good sleeping setting is, therefore, very
important to ensure proper recovery.
important factor that influences sleep is the mattress quality.
Sleeping on a sagging mattress puts the back in an unbalanced, stressful
position that can cause problems to develop. A good mattress should
be firm, not too hard, and the bed should also be large enough to
allow freedom of changing positions frequently. Waterbeds can be
satisfactory if adjusted properly.
most important point in the sleeping position is to find a position
that is comfortable for you and not to assume the same position
for a long period of time. There is no unique position that has
been proven to be best for everybody, but suggestions are given
to help people find their most comfortable position: lying on the
side, try a body pillow between the knees and arms and alternate
sides during the night; on the back, put a pillow under the
knees to release the tension on the back muscles; on the stomach
(usually not a recommended position because it puts a strain on
the neck muscles), change head position during the night.
should also be comfortable and fill the natural curve of the neck.
Try many different pillows if the one you have does not let you
have a good sleep. There are many choices of pillows with various
materials and forms. Replace your pillow when it is flat or becomes
Sleep is very
important in the well being of all living things, especially for
a healthy human being. Sleep rests the brain so it can replenish
itself for the next day's activities, and studies show that at least
6 hours of uninterrupted sleep is recommended for an adult.
Proper Sleeping Positions We Look For
of us have our own definition of the proper sleeping position to
look for when we find ourselves in bed. There are various position
most people find themselves in such as:
One or both legs up •
Face down •
Hands on our heads •
Hands up •
Spread legs or arms •
Flat on the back
are just some of the known positions that we find ourselves in and
each one would provide us feedback on what total relaxing positions
in sleeping is all about. They are not followed practices although
most of them come from habits that people carry on since their childhood.
The central point of it all is that people are simply looking for
the best means possible to relax and unwind themselves. People may
find them weird at times but as a whole, it all boils down to how
a person would be able to maximize total rest and rejuvenation.
People may call them awkward positions, but for most who live alone,
they would not be able to notice that the way they sleep is indeed
something to be taken notice. Being comfortable on how we sleep
is important. Forcing ourselves to sleep in a certain array will
deprive us of overall comfort. Sleep is important. But it is also
important to note on how we sleep freely to be assured of overall
Positions During Pregnancy What are the best sleep positions?
best sleep position during pregnancy is "SOS" (sleep on
side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your
left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach
the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a
pillow between your legs.
you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the "SOS"
position and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
If you are experiencing heartburn during the night you may want
to try propping your upper body with pillows.
In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath; try lying
on your side or propped up with pillows.
These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially
if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them
out and you may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not
stay in one position all night and rotating positions is fine.
his survey of 1000 people, Idzikowski identified six positions and
claimed to detect personality traits based on them:
Fetus (41%) – curling up in a fetal position. This was the
most common position, and is especially popular with women.
Log (15%) – lying on one's side with the arms down the side.
Yearner (13%) – sleeping on one's side with the arms in front.
Soldier (8%) – on one's back with the arms pinned to the sides.
Freefall (7%) – on one's front with the arms around the pillow
and the head tilted to one side.
Starfish (5%) – on one's back with the arms around the pillow.
The remaining 11% stated their position varied or did not know.
A Canadian survey found very different preferences, with 39% of
respondents preferring the "log" position and 28% preferring
to sleep on their side with their legs bent. "Sleep
position gives personality clue". BBC News. 16 September 2003.
"Good health rests on a good night's sleep". CBC News.
11 June 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2010.