Have you ever woken up with stiff joints, a pain in your neck or back, or just a generalized feeling that you didn’t sleep very well? It could be due to your sleeping position.
Your sleeping position has a lot to do with your flexibility and your risk for body pain the following day, simply because the wrong position can put too much pressure on a specific set of muscles or body parts. When held for hours at a time while you are fast asleep, this excess pressure leads to pain throughout the day, which is magnified if you continue to sleep in this position on a regular basis.
So how do you know if your sleeping position is putting added stress on your body?
It starts by looking for these signs which may indicate an issue with how you are physically sleeping.
If you notice a numbness or tingling sensation in your arm or hand, it’s a sign that your sleeping position is out of whack, as the nerves in your neck may be irritated or compressed, which trickles down to your extremities.
An uncomfortable position can spill over into your dreams, too!
If you have dreams where you are physically unable to move, are uncomfortable, or are in pain, it could be a sign that your body is physically uncomfortable as well – even when you are fast asleep.
Lower back pain is another sign that your sleeping position isn’t comfortable, especially if you are a woman. This is especially true for side-sleepers, as certain variations of this sleeping position can lead to added pressure on the spine.
Certain sleeping positions can worsen or heighten the effects of heartburn, causing it to linger and become more severe.
Again, this is a common problem for side-sleepers, as sleeping on your right side can worsen heartburn, while sleeping on the left side can put added pressure on your liver and stomach, causing digestive issues.
Neck pain is one of the most obvious symptoms of a bad sleeping position, and it can occur in a myriad of different positions.
People who sleep on their stomachs tend to position their neck to the right or left adding to the extra strain, while side-sleepers may not have enough support for their neck, which also puts added pressure on these tender muscles.
One of the best things you can do to mitigate sleep-related pain is to mix up your positions, and ensure you have plenty of support.
High quality pillows and extra padding can go a long way in protecting your neck and back muscles. Meanwhile, switching your position throughout the night can help ensure you aren’t continually putting pressure on one part of your body.
By trying out different positions, and monitoring how you feel the next day, you can ensure that you sleep well, without excess or unintended pain.
If you still feel groggy each day even after trying different sleeping positions, it could be sleep apnea. Contact us to see how we can help with testing and treatment for this common condition, and get back to sleeping great!