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Proper Sleeping Position

Because we spend so much of our lives sleeping (or trying to sleep!) it is important that everyone takes measures to ensure that they are finding the proper sleeping position. I have found that most “common wisdom” regarding sleeping position is based on what seems like it should work. The truth is that you can ask me or any other doctor and they will tell you that on the whole, people are not sleeping well.

The good news is that you do not have to “guess” what the best sleeping position is for your body. You can actually test and see immediate signs when you have achieved proper position. If you’re following along at home I recommend you use towels as “pillows” and try this on something firm like a mat if your mattress is anything less than extra firm.

The important point to take home here is that you do not have to “assume” what the best sleeping position should be, but can actually test it. Here are the main points:

  • A very firm mattress is best
  • If you have misalignment problems you may need corrective chiropractic care before you will be able to move to a firm mattress
  • Using a firm, non-collapsible, pillow and a partner, find your ideal pillow height using signs of relaxation
    • It’s probably higher than you think
    • Look for deep, slow breaths and relaxation of the eyes
    • Do the “shoulder push test”. At the correct height it should feel stable pushing both forward and backwards.

Remember, as is said in the video, side-sleeping is generally best and if you get your head in the right position you will generally not move throughout the night. If you need clarification on any part of this experiment or do not know where to go to find the proper mattress or pillow please let us know.

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