The Best Sleeping Position For Back Health
Dr. Hooman Melamed discusses sleeping positions and mattresses that are optimal for back health, emphasizing that it is not always 'one size fits all'. In order to avoid back pain, injury, and future spine surgery, it is imperative that you choose the right mattress. According to Dr. Melamed, no mattress is one size fits all. You may have to test out several beds in the store to see how it supports your back during rest. Sleeping on an air mattress in which you can adjust the pressure is helpful, ensuring that you have control over your sleeping surface. However, spring mattresses can loosen over the years, meaning you may have to replace it for optimal back support after some time. A good rule of thumb for choosing the right bed is seeing how you feel in the morning when you wake up. If you have slept properly and it still hurts, the mattress may not be right for you.
The best sleeping position by far is sleeping on your back. This position ensures that your back and neck are aligned and straight at all times. Dr. Melamed does not recommend sleeping on your sides, stomach, or any position in which the back and neck are not perfectly straight. Since we sleep for about 8 hours each night, it is imperative that our spines are supported when our bodies are resting and recovering. This position may be difficult for some people who are accustomed to sleeping differently. Dr. Melamed recommends wrapping pillows around the feet, hips, and neck to help you with back sleeping.