You have probably realized with years that you, and your body, have a favorite sleeping position. Yes, it may change through the years and you don’t need to be constantly sleeping in the same way, but if you take a look at the most common position in which you sleep, so many things can become clear to you. Sleeping on your back is, as you’ve might hear, the best and the healthiest position for sleeping. Although, side sleeping takes the 2nd place. We are not talking here just about the preferences and the favorite sleep sideways, but how it can affect your health, energy level, comfort etc.
Let’s say that you feel most comfortable while lying down on your side and falling asleep. Everything in your room is as you want it-no extra light, favorite pillow, your comfy blanker… Maybe even some light music playing on, depending on your preferences.
Although everything seems like a perfect situation for getting a good night’s sleep for you, you still wake up tired, with some pain, numbness?
We will give you the best tips for side sleepers and then you will finally take a rest as you deserve!
Did you know that the side sleepers are most common? It doesn’t matter which side you prefer, there are the most people who sleep on their side. In that case, we want to help them (and you) to take the most of it!
Most of the side sleepers suffer from the neck and back pain. I suffered from it earlier, since I’ve didn’t know the right tips for my best good night’s sleep. But it changed now, and your’s will too! I won’t take any more of your time, we will now take a closer look at the best tips, tricks, and advice!
First of all, you need a great mattress which supports all of your curved areas.
Those would be the neck and the waist. This is very important because it can happen that your spine stays in unnatural position for hours while sleeping on your side. You can imagine it like you are sitting in your office for hours. You don’t want to sit at the office while you are sleeping, right? Me neither. Who wants it at the end? Besides that, it can also cause you sagging breasts and more wrinkles. Yes, ladies, you read this right. But don’t worry, we have a solution for everything!
So, a good mattress will relax your muscles and ligaments and those will heal while you are sleeping. Treat your body well, because it allows you to do so many tasks daily. We know that you sometimes don’t even notice what an effort your body puts in your daily routine, for helping you to achieve the best you can! Reward your body with a great rest, it deserves it.
Once you found your best mattress, remember that it has to be very gentle on your shoulders. In that way, you won’t experience the pressure on your hips and shoulders.
Okay, you got the perfect mattress, but you still don’t sleep that well I’ve promised? What do you miss? A pillow, of course.
A good pillow
Not just a pillow, you need the right one! Did you know that the pillows don’t support your head and neck? They keep all your spine in the proper position. That is the only way to avoid some morning pain we talked about already. It has to support the natural curve of your neck. How can you know that? You can test it in a way where the perfect pillow will keep aligned your ear, shoulder, and hips.
Besides that, we are not the same. Our bodies are not the same size. It may happen that you might have wider shoulders than me. So, then you definitely need a wider pillow. Don’t be ashamed to test them until you find the perfect one! You can also inform over the internet and hear what the side sleepers are talking about the best pillow! But also, you won’t need to do your research, because we can do it for you. The pillow should also be very adjustable.
Okay, let’s go further!
Using a pillow between your knees while you are sleeping.
It may happen that your upper leg isn’t supported during the night, and in that case, it will yank your spine out of allignment. Pulled down leg will put so much unnecessary stress on your hip and the lower back. But, if you use a tiny pillow and put it between your knees, you will avoid this to happen. Also, it is a good thing to remember that you should also be aware of the fetal position. Yes, it happened to us all during the night. Maybe you were cold or you dreamed a nightmare, that is the most common case for people sleeping in a fetal position. But that position will also cause you pain in your lower back.
Have you ever experienced arm numbness when you woke up?
Yes, that often happens with side sleepers. It would be really important to put an effort and to try to avoid this. It can cause you a lot of issues which you really don’t want to experience. Try to change it over time, monitor your results.
Always stretch when you wake up!
You need to stretch your arms as wide as you can when you wake up. In this case, your body will feel more energized and fresh and you will have the right start for your day.
All in all, side sleeping has so many benefits for so many people. Most of the people say that they fall asleep so easily in this position. And that is really great. Who wants sleepless nights where you can just worry about your bills, problems and you name it.
Who can benefit the most from side sleeping? Those are definitely people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, those that experience the back and neck pain while waking up, people who snore every night (yes, you can tell this to your partner), pregnant women etc. All you need to do is to make sure that your spine requires a gentle care. We described you how can you achieve it!
Great mattress-not so firm, a perfect pillow-which will support your spine and keep your head in the natural position, a small pillow between your knees, which will prevent your hips to be in an unnatural position, avoiding to sleep on your arm… Get the best rest for yourself! Reward your body as it rewards you every day with the new challenges! Stretch while you wake up! Get ready for another adventure! And of course, don’t forget your to do it daily, because your muscles and ligaments really need their rest.
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