How to Sleep on your Back
The importance of sleeping in proper posture
Have you ever experienced the feeling of waking up after a good night’s sleep, ready to attack your day only to suddenly realize that your body is stiff, achy and not at all capable of doing all you wish you were going to do? Cases where you were supposed to wake up well rested, but instead you felt like a zombie?
Poor sleeping quality can mess up your everyday life, work, activity and energy levels as much as poor sleep quantity. There are many possible, likely culprits for it, like constantly overindulging in stimulants in your awake hours, but sleeping with improper posture is very high on that list. The problem is further magnified if you suffer from a chronic condition like neck or back aches. Sleeping improperly will exacerbate these problems and in all likelihood make you feel weak, tired and achy.
Generally, people are divided in their sleeping patterns on the following broad categories. Each has its place and its assorted pros and cons and none is strictly better than the other:
Sleeping on your back made easy
Whether you wanna do it to save yourself some wrinkles or because your current sleeping habits have led you to trouble, starting to sleep on your back is not an easy thing to get into if you are not used to it. The concept is pretty easy: You just lay on your back. The hard part is sticking to it even if it feels uncomfortable. We will give you our best tips to make it go as smoothly as possible for you:
The Starfish Position
The Starfish position is a sleeping on your back variation that does wonders for any neck or back pain you might experience. Basically, you lie on your back keeping your arms up your head. Alternatively, you put your hands behind your head, just under your pillow. This way your spine remains straight, free of any strain or contortion. If you are feeling even more adventurous, try sleeping like that without using a pillow. Even thought it might seem weird at first, if you sleep like that and skip the pillows, you maintain an ideal position for body composition.
Even though this stance swiftly deals with any body aches you have due to bad sleeping posture, it is not without its cons. Unfortunately, like all other back sleeping positions, the Starfish enhances the chances of snoring.
Your sleeping position matters a lot on how you feel when you wake up each morning. For the majority of people, sleeping on their backs is the preferred sleeping position and the Starfish variation in particular serves as an excellent tool in your arsenal for dealing with back and neck aches. Forming a new habit takes time. Even though sleeping like that might not feel natural for you at first, it is important that you stick to it if you are interested in reaping the many health benefits.
Make sure you have a good enough, relatively firm mattress and a quality neck-supporting pillow. Always try to stretch before going to bed. A quick routine will only take a few minutes. You can even experiment with a foam roller to really get the tight spots on your muscles. At the end of the day, keep in mind that learning how to sleep on your back with ease is a matter of persistence and commitment.