“Sleep ergonomics” is the term referring to sleeping postures and positions. Your sleep ergonomics either help you rest in a safe mechanical position for your joints or they can stress your joints to the point of feeling aches and pains when you wake.
A few simple changes can take strain off your back:
- A mattress should support your body. Find the mattress that is right for your body so you can rest and rejuvenate from a day’s activities. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Turn your mattress over every few months to maintain it.
- Sleep with a pillow. A healthy pillow will keep the spine in natural alignment. Ergonomic pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.
Lack of sleep can make you a less productive person during the day and contribute to a variety of health concerns including weight gain, depression, and even heart disease. If you are still experience a lack of sleep, AdvaCare Clinics can help. Sleeping disorders can be brought on by stress, chronic pain or other factors. Call 952-835-6653 for a consultation today or fill out our online form. You deserve a good night’s sleep!