We spend on average 8 hours a day sleeping and the position in which we sleep can impact dramatically on the muscles of the head, jaw, neck and back. Stomach sleeping is the worst position and can result in headaches, neck aches or jaw aches. Retraining sleeping position is a simple, non invasive and cost effective first step in a treatment regime and can itself have a dramatic impact on the level of pain, and the success of subsequent treatment.
The best lying or sleeping position may vary, depending on your symptoms. No matter what position you lie in, the pillow should be under your head, but not your shoulders, and should be a thickness that allows your head to be in a normal position.
A) BAD Sleeping Position on stomach
For people suffering chronic headaches or neck ache correcting this position (A) will take pressure off the neck and pelvis and may significantly reduce your chronic pain
Note the twist in the cervical spine and the pelvis
B) GOOD Sleeping Position on your side
Diagrams B & C are more ideal sleeping positions with neck, spine and pelvis unstrained
C) GOOD Sleeping Position on your side
The use of a contoured pillow to support the neck and the use of an additional pillow to support the legs prevents twisting on to the stomach and straining pelvis and neck