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Posted on 03-23-2016
Sleeping Bad what’s Wrong?
Loss of sleep affects approximately 20% of Americans according to WebMD. I would be willing to bet that poor sleeping habits effects more than that in a negative way in their lives. Loss of actual sleep is one thing, waking during an all important REM cycle is another. I’d like to write about the negative effects on your daily life from poor “sleeping posture”. That can cause and lead to many painful conditions that are common in today’s Healthscape. Namely; low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
Two major issues with people's sleeping posture boils down to two simple sleeping habits. Being a “stomach sleeper”, and having too much pillow. Either of these can lead to pain and future injury of the low back and neck. Many patients of mine say they "just woke up with it." When in reality they just spent 8 plus hours hyper-extending their low backs and twisting their necks to one side. Stomach sleeping causes an increase of stress to the joints of the low back and neck. Better options are sleeping on your side or back. Saying that, when sleeping on your back it is important to not sleep with "too much" pillow. Your neck should be supported while remaining in what is called a spine neutral position, think ears over shoulders while standing. Having an extremely large pillow or using multiple pillows to support your head causes neck flexion and anterior head carriage while you sleep. Both of which can give you the dreaded "crick" in the neck or muscle spasms. Even though sleeping habits are hardwired and difficult to change, making little changes can and do make a big difference. Use these tips to sleep better so that you can wake up pain free in the morning.
Leave your comments below on what tips and tricks you have for getting a great nights sleep. Or, if you have woken up with low back pain or a “crick in the neck”, call a San Diego Chiropractic office today.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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