Do you often wake up with a sore back or a stiff neck? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Four out of ten Canadians wake up each morning with such aches and pains. Most believe that it has to do with their sleep positions. Firstly, if you sleep on your stomach, you’re asking for trouble. As Dr. Charles Patrick Davis informs on OnHealth.com, sleeping on your stomach can aggravate a number of medical conditions.
“Our neck and spine are not in a neutral position when you sleep on your stomach,” he writes, “This may cause neck and back pain. Stomach sleeping can put pressure on nerves and cause numbness, tingling, and nerve pain. It’s best to choose another sleep position if you are a stomach sleeper. If you can’t break the habit, prop your forehead up on a pillow so your head and spine remain in a neutral position and you have room to breathe.”
How important are the pillows you use while sleeping?
In a word, very! Not only should we all avoid sleeping on our stomachs, we should be mindful of the types of pillows we use at night. At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’re very happy to offer our clients Orthex Support Pillows. For side sleepers, it offers excellent knee and ankle support. For back sleepers, it provides great lumbar support.
Based right here in Canada, Orthex specializes in effective sleep posture products. They help people to relax, sleep soundly and improve their health. The company has been closely connected to the medical field since 2008. This makes Orthex a leading manufacturer of orthopedic memory foam cushions in Canada. The Orthex team consists of several health professionals including occupational therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors.
Do you experience back pain?
The back is the nerve centre of the body. When support is inadequate during sleep, pain is a common outcome. As mentioned, one’s sleep position can often lead to back pain. Side sleeping and back sleeping is recommended over stomach sleeping. However, both positions can still cause some issues. Sleeping on your side increases misalignment and creates unbalanced pressure on one side of the body. The increased muscle tension generates 70% of back issues.
To relieve pain associated with side sleeping, Orthex recommends the Symbia 03” knee cushion. The size and density of this cushion allows alignment of the legs and back by eliminating pressure on your knees and ankles.
For back sleepers, Orthex recommends the Symbia 08° cushion. It raises the legs to produce tilting of the pelvis, full stretching and lumbar region support. The Symbia 18° and Symbia 23° cushions are also helpful thanks to their angles and design. These positioning wedge cushions relieve tension on the back by comfortably pressing the spine and muscle structure as one.
Do you wake up with a sore neck?
A sore neck can result from pressures and tensions that are accentuated in a lying position. To align the head properly, Orthex recommends the Somnia 04” and Somnia 05” pillows. They each have a reinforced rear section and a more flexible, thicker and longer central section to adequately embrace the neck. The Somnia 3.5” travel pillow also provides adequate support in a reduced size.