Over the last few weeks we learned why good posture matters, why it’s sometimes hard to maintain, and what specifically “good posture” means for sitting and standing. This week we explore, with help from the American Chiropractic Association, what good posture means when you are laying down.
In line with the advice from prior weeks, sleeping on the correct mattress and pillow are critical. Firmer mattresses are usually recommended, but some people need a softer one to be most comfortable. Making sure you have the right pillow will prevent many postural problems from a poor sleeping position.
You should avoid sleeping on your stomach. Those with back pain will particularly find it helpful to sleep on the side or back. When lying on your side, a pillow between your legs can help keep your spine in a neutral and comfortable position. Similarly, if you sleep on your back, a pillow under your knees can keep your body in a relaxed position with good posture.
If the above advice is still not helping enough, it may be appropriate to talk with a chiropractic physician or other specialist to assess the source of your pain and recommend proper posture for your body, exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles, and help reduce future injury or strain.
If you’d like to learn more, more information is available on the American Chiropractic Association website (Tips to Maintain Good Posture) and in their info graphic (HealthyLiving_Posture). This was Part 4 of the Good Posture Series, so check out prior weeks’ posts if you’d like to learn more about why good posture matters, and what good posture means for sitting and standing.
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