Back Sleeping for Your Health

How you sleep can make a huge different when it comes to how rested you actually feel when morning comes. Sadly, more and more studies have shown that you should avoid screen before bed, so the late night Instagram sessions and Netflix binge-watching are not going to help you get a good night’s sleep. In addition to eliminated light and distractions, your position also affects your quality of sleep, plus can have many other benefits! Sleeping on your back is by far the best position for sleeping through the night comfortably.

Benefits of Sleeping on Your Back

  1. It’s the best for your spine. Sleeping on your back allows your head, neck, spine, and hips to align in a neutral position. Many people will develop a forward head posture due to the amount of time spent on the computer, and looking down at a phone. Resetting at night with a neutral spine position can help correct this forward head posture, which can prevent the back pain that often comes with it. Just be careful not to use too many pillows that will wrench your head up, pulling your neck out of alignment.
  2. It takes the pressure off of your joints. Sleeping on your side can be touch on your knees and hips. Back sleeping will alleviate stress on your joints, and can prevent chronic pain.
  3. Can help prevent acid reflux. Because sleeping on your positions your stomach below your esophagus, acid is less likely to come up while you sleep. Sleeping on your side or on your stomach can be problematic for people who regularly suffer from heartburn.
  4. It’s better for your skin! This is an unexpected benefit, but a great one! Sleeping on your back can help prevent wrinkles, simply due to the fact that you are not pressing on your skin for extended periods of time. It also helps prevent breakouts and clogged pores that can be caused by the bacteria on your pillow case (ew).

If you read these benefits and now want to start sleeping on your back, great! Unfortunately, it’s not very easy to change the way you sleep. Here are a few suggestions to switch the back sleeping.

  1. If you are a side sleeper, using pillows to keep your head in place and cushion your arms and torso so you won’t roll over in your sleep will really help. Making sure your head feels supported is key. Your head flopping to the side while you sleep will totally defeat the purpose of back sleep as it will pull your neck out of alignment.
  2. Make sure your back is flat. Choosing a mattress that will fill the hollow of your lower back will make back sleep much for comfortable. You can also use a pillow if your mattress is not well suited for this.
  3. Keep trying! It’s really hard to break any habit. Trying to begin each night on your back, even if you can’t stay there, will help you gradually switch to a healthier sleeping position!