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DRS Protocol™ Blog
Apr 22 2019

Are you tired of waking up tired, stiff and sore? If you have been looking for low back pain treatments to treat the cause of your pain, a doctor of chiropractic can offer advice on how to get a good night’s sleep and help relieve your pain. The position in which you sleep makes a big difference in how you feel each morning, refreshed and ready for the day, or stiff, sore, and in pain.

Find the position that puts your spine in a neutral, or straight, alignment.  This puts the least amount of stress on your back and neck and helps prevent stiffness and pain when you wake up. Adding a few strategically placed pillows (under your neck, between your legs, under your knees) will help keep your spine neutral.

  • Back sleeping -- Although this is the best position for putting your spine in a neutral alignment, approximately only 8% of people sleep in this pose. Though this is the best for your spine, those with sleep apnea, snorers, or pregnant women should avoid this position.
  • On your side with legs straight -- For those who snore or have sleep apnea—or if sleeping on your back is simply uncomfortable—side sleeping with your torso and legs straight is a great alternative because it keeps your airways open. 
  • On your side with knees drawn up -- Sleeping on your side with your knees bent upwards is the most common sleeping position (41% of adults sleep this way). Keep your knees and legs relaxed—don’t tuck them up tight to your chin. This is the best position for pregnant women as it provides the most comfort, plus sleeping on the left side boosts the flow of blood and nutrients to the baby.

Sleeping on your stomach is the one position everyone should avoid. It puts the most pressure on your spine’s muscles and joints because it flattens the natural curve of your spine. It also forces you to turn your neck, which can cause neck and upper back pain.

Are you looking for low back pain treatments that will help you get through your day without pain? Many patients suffering from chronic and severe back and neck pain have been treated successfully with spinal decompression therapy using the DRS Protocol™. You can schedule an appointment on our website or by calling one of our McKim Chiropractic offices. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID sleep pain-free!