Following our earlier post about building good sleep habits for your baby, we’re turning our attention to the equally important topic of adult sleep. Approximately 40% of our lives are spent asleep in bed, meaning the correct sleeping position is vital, especially if you suffer from neck, back, shoulder, or hip problems. Our Nightingale physios Roxanne and Mohammed share their inside tips on the best sleeping positions for a pain-free slumber.
Why does it matter how we sleep?
The most comfortable position, mattress, and pillow arrangement enables your body to remain in a neutral and compression-free, middle-range position for the joints. When your joints are held in an extreme position for a prolonged period it can cause pain and irritation, whereas the right posture can prevent problems from developing or reoccurring. Although it’s normal to move around during the night, training your body to sleep in its optimal position can make a real difference.
Each position has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on any physical issues you may have.