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An Easy Solve for Stubborn Aches

December 21, 2017

Simple sleeping position tips to salve your aches

Do you wake up with a pain in the neck? We don’t mean the fact that you’ve got to schlep to work. No, a real (physical) crick in your neck, back or shoulders? Well then, good news: we can fix that. And double good news: most of these solutions involve a second pillow, so your artistic scatters will finally be justifying their existence. (*Ducks a ballistic scatter cushion.)

When we’re awake, we’re constantly moving, shifting weight from one foot to the other, crossing our legs or ankles, moving from the edge of our seat to the rear, etc. We do this because we weren’t designed to remain static: remaining in place for too long puts undue pressure on the focal joints, muscles and nerves. But since roughly a third of your time is spent in sleep, there are long periods of time where these movement are neglected. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to sleeping positions.

The corkscrew neck crick unwound

Possibly the most in-your-face (or just below it, anyway) affliction we take away from a bad night’s sleep. Neck pain affects everything you do, since your neck is (literally) the pivotal point of your attention. Like the rest of your spine, your neck follows a natural curve which, when disrupted, wreaks havoc with sensitive nerves and sinews. To solve neck pain, adopt a sleeping position where you are prone on your back with a thin pillow beneath your head and neck. Invest in an orthopedic- or memory foam pillow, which mimics and supports your neck’s natural curvature. Results will be apparent overnight. For preference, add a boosting pillow under each forearm. The slight rise in your shoulders will stimulate your waking position and help relieve strain on your neck.

The voodoo-pin back ache unstuck

Ever wake up convinced you must have tried to power-lift the fridge while sleepwalking? This is because you’re failing to maintain a healthy spinal curvature while asleep. This is very common, especially in people who normally sleep on their stomachs. Sleeping on your stomach is bad for your back (unless you’re an Olympic sprinter and your normal waking posture is that of a banana going really fast).

Try sleeping on your back. If your mattress is marshmallow soft and you find yourself sinking, your spine will suffer too. Get a firm, memory foam mattress that will adjust to your healthy spinal curvature. For optimal effect, add another pillow beneath your knees. This will take any strain from your abdomen and allow your trunk muscles to relax, allowing your spine (and you) to assume the optimal at-rest position.

If your preferred sleeping position is on your side, draw your legs up slightly and let your back hunch naturally (as if you were approaching for the foetal position). For best effect, insert a small pillow between your knees so your legs don’t try to overleaf. This will help keep your hips (and therefore your spine) in a neutral, relaxed position.

The repetitive sleep-injury shoulder re-molded

If you’re waking up with a sore shoulder (here’s a thought) stop sleeping on it! Like all things, shoulders can only take so much pressure. Give your shoulder a rest and switch to your other side (see the above side-sleeping position pointers) or, for preference, your back.

Sleeping on your back is a sure-fire way to relieve the burning of an abused shoulder. If you no longer have your favorite teddy bear, try hugging a pillow to your stomach instead. This will rotate your shoulders into a more forgiving position and aid in the recovery process.

The rock-a-bye Charlie horse put to pasture

If you suffer from painful cramps of the thighs, calves or feet whilst abed, probably there’s a shortage of some essential something in your diet. Nevertheless, try stretching a little or get a gentle massage (to punish him for what he said about your scatter cushions) before bed.

If you experience a burning sensation in your legs, this might be a blood-flow issue. Try elevating your feet by propping them on a rolled pillow, or the foot of your bed, to aid in the blood’s downward flow.

We hoped this has helped. If not, it might be time to visit a chiropractor, physiotherapist or dietician. For everything else to do with your sleeping needs, there is Bed King! We might not be doctors but we have PhDs (Pillows and healing Duvets) in stock. Bring your sore self to our store and invest in the joyous state of sleep.

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