Damaging your body during sleep?
It is a daily conversation with my patients regarding sleep, quality of sleep and sleeping postures. With our body doing most of its healing and recovery during sleep, it is imperative to have good quality sleep. I mean let’s be real, if you don’t sleep well, it is no doubt that you could fall prey to the dreaded lurgy, feel exhausted or even find injuries hang around you like a bad smell.
Quality sleep doesn’t just stop at a good mattress and a great pillow, but also the time you hit the sack, sleeping posture, mental state as well as general nutrition. SO let’s start with sleeping posture. Ideally, you do not want to sleep on your stomach… period! Stomach sleeping may help reduce snoring, but it flattens out your natural spinal curves as well as places your neck in a torsioned state as it stays twisted for hours. You may not feel the pain now if you are in your teens, but you will be paying for it through a tight neck, daily exhaustion and years of neck issues to come. Side sleeping with a pillow between your knees in a semi foetal position or back sleeping with a pillow under your knees is the way to go.
For those who find themselves in a stressed state throughout the day, going to bed early (ideally asleep by 11pm) and having no screen time while in bed, will give your body a chance to get some deep sleep. If you find it a little difficult to fall asleep, you can always count backward from 700 like my wife tells me to do, but that all changed after she had a magnesium supplement mixed in her water an hour before going to bed. You see, most of us are deficient in magnesium and the one role magnesium is best known for playing, is acting like a muscle relaxant. So a scoop of Magnesium (preferably Metagenics branded) before bed may help you get some shut eye earlier.
So we have learnt that screen time half an hour before bed is not a good idea for brain stimulation while side sleeping or back sleeping with a pillow between your knees or under your knees respectively will help maintain a neutral spine through your sleep. A supportive pillow as well as a nice firm and supportive mattress is also important in laying the foundation to a happier spine therefore a happier body. If there are any queries about the pillow you use or the best one out there for you, please feel free to speak to our spine specialist chiropractors.