Sleep is an essential part of maintaining optimal health. Sleep is when your body cleans out all the toxins in your brain, repairs tense muscles, and refreshes your mental status for the next day. It’s no wonder we spend about 1/3 of our life sleeping; we need it! However, the best sleeping positions are not always common knowledge. A lot of times people will wake up from their sleep feeling less rested than before. Proper preparation before bed is a great way to make sure you are getting the best sleep. Here we put together some common body aches and sleep issues as well as how to properly adjust your sleep schedule to solve them.
If you wake up with a sore shoulder in the morning, it’s best if you avoid sleeping on your side. It is also not advised to sleep on your stomach since this will cause a misalignment of the shoulders. The best posture to alleviate shoulder pain is to sleep on your back. If you don’t like sleeping on your back, try lying on the side that does not have shoulder pain. Draw your legs up into your chest and place a pillow between your knees. Sleeping with your hand under your head is also not a good idea since it promotes an unnatural position of the shoulder.
If you have back pain after you wake up each morning, chances are you are sleeping wrong. It is very important to maintain the normal curve of your spine. One cause of this is having too soft of a mattress. Sleeping on your back is probably the best bet for optimal support. Although this may sound counter-intuitive, sleeping on your back is probably the best position for you. Place a pillow under your knees to help restore the natural curve of the spine. You can also try placing a small rolled up towel under your back for additional support. If you want to sleep on your side, try sleeping in the fetal position, which will keep your back naturally arched.